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Everything you need to know about jogging strollers

Find the best jogging stroller for your family and learn about how to use them with this guide!

At Thule, it’s our mission to bring you closer to the world and your passion for life. And bringing your child along on that journey shouldn’t slow you down, in fact it’s an opportunity to share those moments with your loved ones.

For over 25 years, Thule has been developing products to make it easier to bring your kids along with you. Our range of 3-wheel and 4-wheel strollers combines innovative, and award-winning design with world-class engineering ensuring our products are safe, easy to use, and comfortable for both child and parent. From nature paths to city streets, Thule strollers are perfect for any adventure.


On this page, you will learn about these topics:

How to pick the best jogging stroller for you and your child

What is a jogging stroller?


It is not recommended to run or jog with a stroller that is not specifically made for jogging. Thule jogging strollers are intentionally designed with 3 wheels to increase stability at higher speeds. A smaller wheel in front allows for easy steering and maneuverability. It’s locked in place to keep a steady line of motion and to keep the stroller from veering off when encountering uneven terrain. Our strollers are also built with air filled tires and suspension for a smooth, comfortable ride each and every time.


What are the benefits of running with a jogging stroller?

Running with a jogging stroller does add some resistance to a standard run; therefore, Thule jogging strollers are designed with performance in mind.

  • Lightweight aluminum frame minimizes the total weight being pushed
  • Aerodynamic design reduces wind interference
  • Oversized, air-filled tires ensure a smooth glide over various terrain
  • Twist hand break helps control downhill and forward speeds (included with Thule Urban Glide 2 and Thule Glide 2/additional accessory for Thule Chariot series)

Although you can expect your average running speed to be slower while pushing a jogging stroller, our premium line up of joggers have proven their high-performance ability. Three of our models have made their way into the Guinness World Record books for fastest marathon or half marathon while pushing a stroller.

What are the benefits of running with a jogging stroller?

What age can a baby go in a jogging stroller?

Parents can jog with their children as early as 6 months of age, although you should always consult a pediatrician before jogging with children under 1 year old. Our jogging strollers can be used from birth for casual strolls with the purchase of a Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter (Thule Urban Glide 2/Thule Glide 2) or a Thule Chariot Infant Sling (Thule Chariot Series).


What safety features are included on jogging strollers?

Safety is at the forefront of every Thule product design and Thule jogging strollers are no exception. Our lightweight jogging strollers are designed and built for speed, but there’s nothing lightweight about the comfort and safety features. Your child gets a smooth, comfortable ride thanks to the rear suspension and the canopy that protects them from the weather. Most importantly, every Thule stroller meets the most stringent safety standards with features such as a 5-point safety harness to ensure your child’s security.


To guarantee the safest ride possible, please abide by the following guidelines:

  • Never leave the child unattended
  • Put on the park brake whenever you park a child carrier
  • Do not carry extra children or bags on the child carrier
  • Be mindful of environmental hazards such as wind chill and heat exhaustion
  • Do not allow any of the children’s body, clothing, shoe laces, or toys to come into contact with moving parts

How long can I use the jogging stroller?

All Thule jogging strollers are made to be flexible and allow for growing kids to start using as early as 6 months of age and up to 4 years old with a maximum weight capacity of 49 lbs. / 22 kg per child. Each jogger includes an adjustable 5-point harness to comfortably accommodate your child through inevitable growth spirts.


Are Thule jogging strollers easy to clean?

Thule jogging strollers can be cleaned regularly with warm water and a mild soapy solution. Never use harsh cleaners or solvents, as the proper service and care affects the performance and safety of the strollers.


The additional Thule Stroller Seat Liner accessory is a great add-on to help keep your favorite jogging stroller clean. When it gets dirty from spills or messes, you can simply throw it in the washing machine.

How to fold a jogging stroller

Thule strollers are designed to be easy to fold and store when not in use. This is how you fold a Thule jogging stroller!

Have Thule jogging strollers won any awards?

Our design engineers work tirelessly to deliver best in class products for our end consumers and the following awards recognize their efforts:

iF Design Award

  • Thule Urban Glide (Gen 1) (2015)
  • Thule Glide (Gen 1) (2016)
  • Thule Chariot Sport (2017) 

reddot Design Award

  • Thule Urban Glide 2 (2016)

Runner's World Editors' Choice

  • Thule Chariot Cross (2018)

theBUMP Best of Baby Awards

  • Thule Urban Glide 2 (Best Jogging Stroller 2018)
  • The Cribsie Awards
  • Thule Urban Glide 2 (Best Jogging Stroller 2020)

Best of Lucie's List

  • Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (Best Double Jogging Strollers 2020)

Are jogging strollers good for everyday use?

Jogging strollers may be used for everyday use depending on the model. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is designed precisely for this purpose. The front wheel can be locked into place for jogging and freely swivels when strolling about.

The Thule Chariot multisport series also offers the same everyday flexibility. Each Thule Chariot model comes with stroller wheels and a bike trailer arm. With the purchase of a Thule Chariot Jogging Kit, the multisport carrier easily converts to a premium jogger in a matter of seconds.


How do I choose between a jogging stroller and a regular stroller?

Choosing the right stroller(s) for your child comes down to lifestyle and personal preference. Some parents want an all-in-one stroller, like the Thule Urban Glide 2, that can be used as an everyday stroller as well as a jogger. Other parents prefer to use a jogger as a secondary stroller, to be used interchangeable with a regular stroller.

If jogging is an important part of your wellness regimen, investing in a proper jogging stroller is absolutely worth it. The right jogging stroller will allow you to stay active year-round and comfortably bring your child along for the ride. When considering buying a jogging stroller there are a few questions to ask yourself in order to land on the appropriate stroller for you.

  • Am I looking for a primary jogging stroller that can be used as a jogger and for everyday use?
  • Do I already have a regular stroller and want a dedicated jogger for training and exercise?
  • Am I looking for a primary or secondary stroller that offers a variety of year-round activities such as jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing?

Thule offers the following jogging stroller options:

Thule Urban Glide 2, Thule Urban Glide 2 Double

The hybrid, all-terrain stroller for urban exploration and recreational running.
Thule Urban Glide 2 has a modern and lightweight design, making it perfect for an active family that enjoys the great outdoors as well as getting around town. The design includes large 16” wheels, suspension for comfort and control, and a swivel front wheel for strolling and maneuvering around town that quickly and easily locks in place for jogging or rougher terrain.

Your child will be comfortable for on-the-go naps with the help of a vented reclining seat and a large sun canopy that protects from the elements. The enclosed storage compartment also lets you safely and securely take gear with you to make the most of your day.

A woman walks with her baby in a Thule Urban Glide 2 baby stroller through a board walk at the beach.

Thule offers the following best jogging strollers:

Thule offers the following jogging stroller options:

Thule Urban Glide 2, Thule Urban Glide 2 Double

The hybrid, all-terrain stroller for urban exploration and recreational running.
Thule Urban Glide 2 has a modern and lightweight design, making it perfect for an active family that enjoys the great outdoors as well as getting around town. The design includes large 16” wheels, suspension for comfort and control, and a swivel front wheel for strolling and maneuvering around town that quickly and easily locks in place for jogging or rougher terrain.

Your child will be comfortable for on-the-go naps with the help of a vented reclining seat and a large sun canopy that protects from the elements. The enclosed storage compartment also lets you safely and securely take gear with you to make the most of your day.

How to equip your stroller for a long day in the city

Thule Glide 2

The high-performance, dedicated jogger for serious runners.
The Thule Glide 2 is designed for runners and training athletes. Fast, lightweight, and with a fixed front wheel, large 18” wheels, and room for your kick stride, the Thule Glide 2 is designed for parents to get out for a run on different types of terrain. Always with peace of mind, knowing their precious cargo is safe and comfortable.

It’s built for children. Packed with intelligent design features, the Thule Glide 2 keeps children comfortable and safe. The fully adjustable, padded harness delivers a perfect fit and the ventilated canopy protects from the elements. The rear suspension also means your child can relax and enjoy the ride, while the padded seat reclines to allow on-the-go naps.

Biking vs Running? You Don’t Have to Choose!

Thule Chariot Multisport Trailers

The year-round, multisport trailer with full weather protection.

Thule Chariot multisport trailers are designed and developed with a focus on safety, comfort, and innovation. They come with a range of clever features and smart details that truly make a difference, for both parent and child.

With a multisport trailer from Thule, the choice is yours. Available in both single and double models, take your child or children on everyday commutes or on a long, afternoon’s voyage of discovery. Convert it to a stroller around town, or head out for a jog in the great outdoors. You can even create a sled for when you want to cross-country ski. Whatever activity you choose, your kids can be with you and share your passion. Safely and comfortably.


At Thule, we believe in the value of an active life – whether you’re in the city or the great outdoors. It’s our mission to provide active families the tools they need to share their passions and live life to the fullest.


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Seven tips on running with a jogging stroller


1. Get the right equipment for jogging with your baby

Running by yourself is easy – all you need is a pair of shoes! But when it comes to jogging with your baby, you need specialized equipment. A jogging stroller is made for speed and safety, whether you prefer a high-performance model for more serious runners or a more maneuverable all-rounder to suit urban environments.

2. You can use a jogging stroller from six months

When can you start running with your baby? Most experts agree that you should wait until the baby is at least six months old. The reason for this is that most babies can’t hold their head up until that age. Naturally, you can get your jogging stroller and start using it from birth – just stick to walking the first six months!

3. Safety first with safe jogging strollers

Don’t settle for anything less than the highest standards when it comes to design, flexibility, safety, and quality. Jogging with a baby in the outdoors is something completely different than strolling on city streets – and your jogging stroller should be up to the task. Look for features such as a 5-point safety harness and an integrated hand brake.

A couple walk through a sunny park with one of the Thule strollers.

4. Time it right for a happy baby

Timing is everything. Think of it as a simple equation: happy parent + happy baby = a great run. Of course, it is easier said than done! But be sure to prepare, and be sure to have a flexible mindset. With younger children, you may have to adjust your plans depending on their mood. With toddlers, try to involve them in the run. But remember: bring water, snacks, diapers and all you can think of. You will need it!

5. Check the weather before jogging with your baby

Remember your little passenger! Make sure that it’s not too hot or too cold in the stroller. A multi-position canopy adds protection – be sure to find one with a clear roof port to see your child.

6. Explore your surroundings with an all terrain stroller

Make your run an adventure and find new paths! A jogging stroller with large wheels and suspension make for a comfortable ride for your child. This means longer and faster runs for you – and a better time for your child!

7. How should I run with a jogging stroller?

First of all: be flexible. Accept that any run is a good run, and that your plans most likely will change. It may not be the five-mile run you had in mind – but a two-miler is way better than nothing, right? Secondly: take it easy in the beginning. You will need some time to get used to a different stride. Even a lightweight jogging stroller can be a challenge to push up a hill!


Portpartum exercise - 7 Workouts to try after birth

Postpartum Exercise – 7 Workouts to try after birth

When is it safe to start exercising postpartum? And which workouts are good to do after birth? Read our tips to learn more.

Exercising after childbirth can feel challenging and taking care of a newborn is a workout in its own right! But exercise can help strengthen muscles that were weakened during childbirth and even relieve aches and soreness.

Guidelines in both Europe and the US recommend about 150 minutes of moderate activity for postpartum mothers spread throughout the week. Of course, after bringing new life into the world, this doesn’t have to happen all at once. Take things slow, listen to your body – and of course, always refer to a medical professional!

Here is our postpartum workout plan for parents who want to start off slow and build up strength:


Postpartum Exercises to try:

  1. Pelvic floor exercises
  2. Walking
  3. Speed walking
  4. Jogging
  5. Stretching exercises
  6. Ab exercises
  7. Stationary cycling

Pelvic floor exercises

These are exercises like Kegels, squats or glute bridges that can be done immediately after birth. These exercises work your – you guessed it – pelvic floor muscles. These are muscles that control your bladder and bowels, which get weakened during pregnancy. Doing an exercise like glute bridges after birth is an excellent way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles again, without being too intense.

Squats

Squats

With feet hip-width apart and back straight, bend your knees and lower yourself down as far as you can go. Return to start position and repeat.
Glute bridges

Glute Bridges

Lying on your back with knees bent and arms by your side, squeeze your glutes and lift your hips off the ground. Return to start position and repeat.

Walking

Take a walk with your baby! This is a low-intensity aerobic exercise that will activate you – and give you some much-needed fresh air. For active parents who aim to eventually resume their jogging as soon as the postpartum weeks are over, why not opt for a jogging stroller that can be fitted with a bassinet or an infant car seat? That way, you can use it as a newborn stroller for walks with your baby in the first months, and then switch the bassinet out for the toddler seat to jog with your child when they are old enough (which is usually around six months).

Walking

Speed walking

Once you have started going for walks and doing pelvic floor exercises, you can amp up the intensity by making your walks faster, covering more distance and getting the blood pumping. Fit your infant stroller with a cup holder to help keep you hydrated during the session. If you choose an infant stroller that can tolerate rougher terrain you can take your brisk walk easily through a park or forest trail.

Speed walking

Jogging

When you have been given the green light by a doctor, why not go for a jog? When your baby is 6 months old, they can even join you on your local trail in a jogging stroller! Read our tips for more information on jogging with an infant.

If you started out with a jogging stroller with a bassinet or infant car seat, then all you have to do is replace it with a toddler seat. Now you can get running with your child without having to buy a new stroller.

Portpartum exercise - 7 Workouts to try after birth

Stretching exercises

Soreness after childbirth is common, especially in your lower back, neck and hips. Not only are you doing all the work needed to take care of a newborn, but pregnancy has altered your alignment, tightened certain muscles groups and weakened others. Stretches that target the lower back, chest, neck and hip flexors can be ideal after childbirth. Loosening these muscles can help take pressure of your joints and reduce soreness.

Stick to simple stretches in the beginning, like a hamstring stretch or stretching your neck side to side. You can then move on to something a little more challenging like a kneeling hip flexor stretch, standing lunge stretches (you can use a chair for support) or the reclined hip stretch.

Neck stretches

Neck stretches

Stretch your neck on either side with the help of your arm.
Kneeling hip flexor stretch

Kneeling hip flexor stretch

From a kneeling position, place one foot in front so that your leg creates a 90-degree angle. Lean forward for a deeper stretch. Switch legs and repeat.
Reclined hip stetch

Reclined hip stretch

Lying with your back on the floor, bend and raise your left leg at a 90-degree angle. Pull this leg towards you with your right arm. Bend your right leg and place it on top, creating a triangle. With the palm of your left hand, push the right leg away from you for a deeper stretch. Switch legs and repeat.

Ab exercises

Exercises that work your abdominals are recommended for post-natal mothers. Crunches are a good choice since they strengthen your obliques and even the lower back muscles, which can be sore after childbirth. Drawing-in maneuvers are also recommended, these are exercises where your core is kept contracted and tightened throughout.

A 2015 study in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy showed that abdominal exercises like these might be helpful to decrease the instances of diastasis recti abdominus. This is when the widened gap between your left and right abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy make the belly protrude.

Crunches

Crunches

Lying with your back on the floor, knees bent, and fingers laced behind your head, engage your core to lift yourself halfway up. Return to starting position and repeat.

Stationary cycling

This aerobic exercise gets your heart racing once you are ready to take things up a notch. Cycling is a great way to gain strength without putting pressure on your joints and especially your back or hips which might already ache after pregnancy.


Sports for dads to do with their babies

With the rollercoaster ride that follows having a new baby, it can be hard for both moms and dads to find a balance between an active life and family life. So maybe combine the two? Staying active with your child is a great way to take care of your health and your baby at the same time. Jogging with your child in a jogging stroller is one option. A stroller with adjustable handle-bars is perfect for taller dads, since it means you won’t be kicking the stroller with each stride.

Also, going for longer bike trips with your child is possible with a bike trailer. Some multisport bike trailers let you bike with them one day and run with them the next, read our guide for recommendations. Some can even be fitted with a head support system which means that you can start biking with your baby already from sixth months of age.

When can I start exercising after birth?

In their guidelines from 2020, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explain that some mothers can resume exercise just days after pregnancy. They point out, though, that this depends on the mode of delivery and whether the mother experienced complications during her pregnancy. Since it varies so much from person to person, it is important to start gradually and always refer to a doctor for their professional opinion.

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