While treadmills, exercise bikes and their cousins all have their place, getting outside for your fitness routine is infinitely preferable to being stuck indoors on a machine. This isn’t always that easy to do, though.
Obviously, the weather is a factor, but another one that could play a role are small children … especially if you have more than one. Little ones require a lot of attention, and you probably don’t want to pay a sitter to look after them when you’re just going out for a run.
If you have a pair of children close to the same age, a tandem jogging stroller could be an excellent option. Specially designed to allow for control and stability while moving at something faster than a walking pace, they are certainly worth looking into.
Actually, there are a couple of basic styles for strollers with two seats.
Tandems are just like the bicycle of the same name, where one child is seated behind the other. In some models, it’s also possible for an older child to stand, which might come in handy if he or she is already walking and gets tired. If you’re out for a jog, however, you’d likely want both kids to be seated.
Side-by-side strollers are the other configuration. This variant can be more stable than the narrower tandems, and offers both children an unencumbered view of the world passing by. Their greater width, however, can be a problem for fitting the stroller through doorways and other tight spaces.
Finally, since you’ll want the stroller to be just as functional for everyday purposes as for running, a travel system might be a wise choice. These models have matching car seats that are easily locked into place or removed from the stroller frame, so you can transfer your little ones in and out of cars and such with less fuss.
If you are a parent with two young kids, then, a two-seat jogging stroller could be a great option to help you keep up with your fitness routine.