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Different Types Of Jogging Strollers

Baby is here and so are those couple of extra pounds. Its time to get back on track, quite literally. Put on your jogging shoes and shorts. Got you music ready and out the door. Oh wait, what about the baby? Where is that jogging stroller you meant to buy?

While strollers have several standards and types to consider, jogging strollers are a whole different type of stroller. Any stroller could be used for some jogging, but strollers built for jogging are better suited and safer for the job.

The full- and mid-sized strollers probably are built sturdily enough to use as a jogging stroller, they tend to weigh as much as twenty pounds. That would add some resistance to your workout, but is it best for your baby? Probably not. Jogging strollers are designed with bigger wheels, up to a 20 inch diameter, to minimize the bumps and shocks transferring from the street to the baby. They have sturdy handles so that the parent has a good grip to keep the stroller from rolling away, especially on the downhill.

Jogging strollers are designed with the type of activity they will be used for. What you intend for the stroller to do will make a difference on which jogging stroller to choose. How often and how far will you use this stroller? Does it need to double as your basic stroller for mall visits? Are you using it on sidewalks or cross country? Do you need it to hitch to your bike? How small do you need it to fold?

The type of wheel is very important on a jogging stroller. Jogging strollers have one of two types of wheel configuration: the swivel and the fixed. If you are training for a marathon or really hitting the pavement hard running multiple miles every day, you will probably be most happy with the fixed front wheel configuration. Swivel wheels can get hung up in softer surfaces, such as beach sand. While they turn on a dime, they usually wiggle when locked into a fixed wheel position. Swivel wheels are designed for the slower paced, more casual jogger than the Olympic athlete.

Wheels in jogging strollers are built for terrain away from pavement and shopping malls. They are metal! They are steel or an alloy. Steel wheels weigh more and rust. A jogging stroller with steel wheels usually points to a manufacturer that is trying to cut costs. Alloy wheels are lighter than steel and are at least as sturdy. If you are going to use the jogging stroller for many years or multiple children, you might want to invest in alloy wheels right up front.

If you have a couple (or more) children, good news, jogging double stroller can hold up to three little trail runners. But, for a jogging stroller to seat three children, we a talking really big purchase prices. It also will not fit in your trunk or through a doorway. Let's hope that a double seat stroller will do for you.

Double strollers can accommodate two children or one child and lots of stuff. Double jogging strollers are built with the proper balance for two children. This makes the stroller more stable than an overloaded one.

While you can see your toes again, you are thinking about removing some of your jiggle, consider a jogging stroller that is designed for the activities your plan.

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