Correct technique for stroller running

stroller running technique

Here’s the scenario… have always loved your running, then you fall pregnant and running somewhat takes a backseat for a while – your super keen to get back into it after you get the all clear from your doctor but to be able to get out the door there is now a bub and pram involved.

It does take a while to get the feel for running with a pram but with a few technique changes you will be feeling at one in no time.

Correct Technique for Stroller Running

+  Keep you shoulders relaxed – try to keep them away from your ears, shoulder blades back and down with a long neck so you are not hunching over

+ Watch your posture – I do this myself, lean forward and stick my bum out especially up inclines…not a good look! Try to keep your hips tucked under and imagine a piece of string from your head to your toes, all in line.

+ Try alternating hands – It is much easier running with a hand free to swing and push with the other.  It will take a while to build your confidence up and it’s also a good idea to use the safety strap.  Keep swapping hands and you’ll also be getting a upper body workout as well. Try to keep a loose grip and push with the heel of your palm rather than fatiguing your forearms

+  Shorten your stride – It is easy to bump into the rear axle (and annoying) which is why you should shorten up your stride length. Smaller steps is the safer option for everyone

+ Don’t expect to run the same pace or distance that you would without a pram. You can at times have up to 40 kgs to push so take this into consideration when setting out.

Now that you have the correct posture, the hardest part will be keeping your little ones in the pram!N.B. It is recommended you wait until baby is at least 12 weeks old before running with them in a stroller. 

What are your tricks for keeping your kids occupied in the pram? food? singing songs?
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