Finding time to workout can be tough. Add in kids and it gets tougher. Add in, a baby that only naps on you, a budget that doesn’t allow for babysitters, family far away, and baby weight that is turning into toddler weight and you are where I was a few years ago.
I wasn’t happy about this at all. I cried a lot.
Not just because I wanted my jiggly bits to stop being so jiggly… but because working out has always been a huge source of stress relief for me. I needed to sweat it out and it felt like there was no way to do it.
Then a friend gave me her jogging stroller.
Running while pushing a stroller takes some time getting used to but the tips below can help a lot!
1. When it’s cool outside fleece PJ’s are great. Layer multiple pairs under a jacket for really chilly runs, or pop one over some clothes as a top layer in more moderate weather. Either way it keeps things from getting taken off, lost, straps from rubbing… trust me they rock.
2. Toys that attach to the stroller. When my daughter was really little she loved having little toys that attached to the stroller. They gave her a lovey and activity all in one, and it wasn’t lost two miles in.
3. Board books that make a big noise when you drop them. The goal is for your child not to drop ( read throw) things out of the stroller but I have been around enough toddlers to know better. Large board books are a great option. Normally when they fell it also let me know she’d fallen asleep or was getting antsy for me to finish.
4. A circular route allows you to pick up things that have gone overboard even if you didn’t notice right away. We have one book that was notoriously thrown from the stroller on one run but somehow (umm sleep deprivation is my guess) I never noticed when she tossed it. Even though she did it 3 times in 6 miles. The same older man walking the loop would pick it up and pass it back to her as we passed. I think they were in cahoots. It’s easier to enjoy the run when you aren’t worried about the little things like this.
5. One ear bud in one ear bud out. If you have to run with music this lets you run with a beat but keep tabs on your passenger.
6. A playground at the end of the run. Even before you can explain “After I run we can play on the swings!” to your child by adding a fun activity all for them after your run will help minimize protests later on.
7. Smoothies in sippy cups are my favorite on the go snack for kids in strollers. You can mix in almost anything but it’s mess free (sippy cup) and unlike chunkier foods the risk of choking is way lower.
8. Go at nap time… or a few minutes before. Run your baby to sleep!
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Allison McDonald is founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards. She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so she has done her share of crafts, songs and circle times! Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early childhood education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Taking Care of You
We know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and reading good-night stories. As parents, we instinctively put our children’s needs first. We prioritize their health and their happiness above our own.
It’s time to step back and look at the whole picture. You need to take care of you FOR THEM. You are the only one who can give your child a happy parent who enjoys life. What a wonderful gift!
We know that Taking Care of You is easier said than done. So, throughout the summer, we’ll continue to share weekly posts with simple, easy, unique ideas to keep you inspired. In this special series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical, real-life advice on how to:
- Focus on your own well-being
- Make healthy eating simple + enjoyable
- Build exercise into your family routine
- …and more!