Looking to get into shape post-pregnancy? There’s that expensive gym membership, of course. But did you know that science says jogging can also boost your mental health, and that the boost is greatest if the runs take place outdoors rather than indoors, even when you expend equal amounts of energy? That’s right, it’s true. But if you want to take your baby with you, your everyday stroller won’t cut it as a jogging stroller. Here’s our choice of the best jogging strollers that will save you hundreds by putting that gym membership on hold. And you’ll score a mental boost taking it outside, to boot!
1. Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller
Now that you’re getting the hang of this mommy thing and feeling sure about taking your baby with you when you jog, a lightweight stroller is an absolute must. Lighter than most, the Thule Urban Glide 2 is the best stroller to buy if you jog on paved roads. It’s a top choice because it is comfortable for both your little one and you, with more padding and adjustability in the harness than other models. This wheeled wonder features a unique curved handlebar with integrated handbrake that helps you maintain good form while jogging. Adjustable tracking prevents your stroller from pulling to one side, which means little if any steering input is needed to keep the stroller straight over long jogs. Just don’t chose this model if you jog off-road. The BOB Revolution Pro is better suited to that.
2. BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller
Yes, this stroller is heavy, about 5 pounds heaver than the Tule Urban Glide 2. Which means it’s less convenient to pick up and put in the car. But you’ll love the way this all-terrain stroller handles off-road cruises. While it’s not going to blow you away like a sports car (it handles a bit more like a jeep), the BOB Revolution Pro is fully loaded with convenient features—like a state-of-the-art adjustable suspension system and hand-activated rear wheel deceleration brakes—for engaging off-road adventures with your little one.
3. Schwinn Arrow Jogging Stroller, Nightshade
On the hunt for a great jogging stroller at an affordable price? The Schwinn Arrow Jogging Stroller is the one. Equipped with an integrated storage pocket that’s perfect for a sippy cup or small toy, a bicycle-style handbrake, spring shock suspension, and an extra-large canopy with a UPF 50 rating to provide shade and protection from the sun, this stroller has everything you need for jogging on a budget. It has a great push with minimal resistance, and an adjustable, comfortable handle for parents of all heights. If a price around $200 is still too steep, take a look at the $77 Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller.
4. Baby Jogger Summit X3 Single Stroller
The X3 proves Baby Jogger’s reputation for building exceptional mid-priced jogging strollers is well deserved. This strollers big 16-inch rear wheels, suspension, and off-road capability make it the SUV of the group. But it also works great when navigating city streets, where it takes the edge off of cracks and small potholes. At nearly $400 the X3 is not what we would call an “affordable” stroller. That being said, it’s loaded with features—like a hand brake that adds control on steep downhills, a huge retractable sun canopy with generous venting, rear wheels that easily pop on and off, and a frame that folds flat in seconds.
5. Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller
If you’re an occasional neighborhood jogger, then the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller should be on your short list, but serious joggers should save up for a different model.