This is By Far the Best Exercise to Lose Weight After a Baby

There are dozens of workout programs and exercises to help you lose weight after a baby but few regularly provide a full body workout and help you to shed the baby weight quickly.

I wasn’t looking for a full body workout when I first did this exercise, but it quickly became my go to workout because of how well it worked in just a short amount of time.

What is it?

best way to lose weight after a baby

Well it’s running BUT NOT JUST running! Let me explain.

I’ve always loved running and included it regularly before I had any kids but, once my first two sons were born, I couldn’t get myself to do it.

What was I supposed to do with my baby while I ran? I couldn’t just leave him home and there usually wasn’t anybody available to watch him when I had time to exercise. Because of this, I gave up running shortly after Conner was born.

After my last son was born, I went through quite a bit to recover and, when I finally had, I was yearning to get back into running. I wanted my old body back again and the incredible feeling of strength and freedom that running gives you.

With that in mind, one day after work, I pulled out my stroller, put my son in and just started jogging. The further I ran, the more I noticed that I was actually working my arms, shoulders, and back just as much as my legs because I had to maneuver the stroller in front of me as I ran.

I alternated between jogging and walking for about half an hour and by the time I was finished I felt like I’d gotten the best full body workout I’d had since before my baby was born.

I continued doing this workout 3 times a week and as I did, it got easier, and was still an excellent full body workout each time. It wasn’t long before I also found that I was losing weight much quicker than I had with any of the dozens of workout programs I’d tried after my other sons were born.

Even though I wasn’t exercising heavily six days a week like I normally did after a baby, I was losing weight quicker than I ever had. I dedicated the other 3 days to pelvic and inner abdominal exercises as well as deep stretching. With this routine, I was more flexible and fit then I’d been since I had my first son.

Those first couple runs were extra hard because I didn’t have the right type of stroller. I found that, with a jogging stroller, my runs were much more effective and I felt at ease that my baby was safe and comfortable as I ran.Best Jogging Strollers

If you too are looking for a way to shed the baby weight, I urge you to try jogging with your little one. I know you’ll love the full body workout it gives you just as much as I did.

I would recommend starting with the right type of stroller. I didn’t recognize the need myself until I ran without a proper jogging stroller and found I had to work extra hard to maneuver the stroller and I worried about my baby being safe.

As I looked for a good quality jogging stroller I was surprised to find it was harder than I thought it’d be. I found several strollers listed as jogging strollers that  stated in the fine print they weren’t actually designed to be used while jogging and the manufacturers weren’t liable for any accidents that occurred while it was used as one.

An excellent example is this stroller here. It was made by Baby Jogger and looks similar to other jogging strollers but, in the manual and on the manufacturer’s website, it says it’s not meant for jogging.

I don’t want you to have to spend the same amount of time that I did finding a good quality one, so here are 3 great options that will keep your baby safe and comfortable while you get one of the best workouts out there to help you lose the baby weight and feel great!

Thule Urban Glide – Jogging Stroller

This is an expertly designed, lightweight jogging stroller that was made with yours and your child’s comfort and safety in mind. For you, it has swiveling front wheels that can easily maneuver any urban terrain or they can be locked into place for jogging. It also has padded, adjustable handlebars that will go from 35.5 inches high to 44 inches so that you and your partner can run comfortably even if one of you is taller/shorter than the other.

To keep your child safe and comfortable, it has a full rear-suspension system that absorbs all impact, providing a smooth ride for your child. The 5-point harness system features a padded, ventilated seat and reclines to near flat position for naps on-the-go. A fully-adjustable shade blocks the sun at any angle and provides a peek-a-boo window for you to see your little ones.

Rating: 5/5

Features:

  • Max Stroller Weight Capacity: 75 pounds
  • Folded Dimensions: 34.5″L x 14″W x 21″H
  • Weight: 23 pounds
  • Car Set Compatible? Yes! Thule has car seat adapters to make this stroller compatible with a wide range of car seats.
  • One Hand Fold? Yes
  • Extra Storage: This stroller has a very large storage compartment that can be zipped closed and is water resistant.
  • Adjustable Handlebar? Yes
  • Brake Type: Foot activated only
  • Accessories: There are several accessories available for this stroller. There are car seat adapters, snack trays, stroller organizers, a rain cover, a cup/bottle holder and more.
  • Seating capacity: This stroller only seats one child but if you need additional seating Thule does offer an equivalent stroller that is a double stroller and has all the same great features with hand controlled brakes and more!
  • Best Place to Buy – Amazon

BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller

The Bob Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller is one of the best out there. It’s a little more expensive than some of the others because it’s very durable and high quality and you get so much more with it. This stroller really can go anywhere and give you an excellent workout while keeping your child safe and comfortable. The only downside is, it’s about 7 pounds heavier than the Thule and takes up more room when it’s folded.

Like the Thule stroller the BOB has swiveling front wheels that can easily maneuver any urban terrain or they can be locked into place for jogging. It has padded, adjustable handlebars that have 9 different height positions so that it’ll fit parents of all heights.

To keep your child safe and comfortable, it has a state of the art adjustable suspension system that absorbs all impact, providing a smooth ride for your child. The 5-point harness system features a padded, ventilated seat and reclines to near flat position for naps on-the-go. A fully-adjustable shade blocks the sun at any angle and provides a peek-a-boo window for you to see your little ones.

Rating: 5/5

Features:

  • Max Stroller Weight Capacity: 75 pounds
  • Folded Dimensions: 25.4 x 44 x 43 in
  • Weight:5 pounds
  • Car Set Compatible? Yes, there are car seat adapters you can buy separately
  • One Hand Fold? No
  • Storage: This stroller has a large under the seat basket.
  • Adjustable Handlebar? Yes
  • Brake Type: Hand activated rear drum brakes for downhill control.
  • Accessories: There are several accessories available for this stroller. There are car seat adapters, snack trays, handlebar console, a weather shield, and more.
  • Seating capacity: This stroller only seats one child but if you need additional seating BOB also offers an equivalent stroller that is a double stroller and has all the same great features and more!
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Baby Jogger Summit X3 Single Stroller

Baby Jogger’s Summit X3 gives you exceptional performance and maneuverability on any terrain. It’s designed to be a regular stroller and a jogging stroller to fit all your needs. It has an easily accessible lever that can be switched to lock the front wheel in place for your runs.

To keep your child safe and comfortable, the X3 has an all-wheel suspension system that absorbs bumps on your path, providing a smooth ride for your child. The 5-point harness system features a padded, ventilated seat and reclines to near flat position so your child can sleep comfortably while you run. Has a large adjustable sun canopy with peek a boo windows and side vents.

Rating: 4.5/5

Features:

  • Max Stroller Weight Capacity: 75 pounds
  • Dimensions: 38.2 x 46 x 41.5 in
  • Weight:32.2 pounds
  • Car Set Compatible? Yes, there are car seat adapters you can buy separately
  • One Hand Fold? Yes
  • Extra Storage: Has a very large storage compartment that can be zipped closed and is water resistant.
  • Adjustable Handlebar? Yes
  • Brake Type: Hand operated rear brakes for more control on hilly/uneven terrain
  • Accessories: There are several accessories available for this stroller. There are car seat adapters, snack trays, handlebar console, a rain cover, and more.
  • Seating capacity: This stroller only seats one child

Based on yours and your baby’s needs, each of these strollers are great options. My favorite is the Thule because it provides everything you and your child needs to be comfortable and safe and also has the zipped, water proof storage so that your belongings are kept safe in any weather or terrain. To top it off the Thule is the least expensive of the three!

Though all three of these are excellent strollers, I’d say the biggest downside is their price. They aren’t cheap. That doesn’t have to stop you from getting this excellent workout though. If these aren’t in your price range, I also have some great options for inexpensive jogging strollers that should still work great for you and your little one. They don’t have the same features and convenience as these strollers do, but they’re sound, solid strollers, that’ll still help you get all you want and more out of your run!

What do you think of this workout? Have you tried it? Do you want to but aren’t sure if it’s for you? Let me know by leaving a comment below and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you have!

-Jessica

Jessica Camden

Welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I'm Jessica and have been blessed with 3 beautiful little boys, Conner, Jackson, and Jayden. I've learned throughout each of my pregnancies that building your post baby body can be quite difficult. I've learned what works and what doesn't, where to start, and how to build up. My dream is help other moms get the post baby body they want through diet, exercise, and natural remedies!

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