Safety First When Exercising With Your Little One
A great way to expose children to exercise is to take them along when you run, walk, bike, or hike. Kids will enjoy the fresh air and learn early on that exercise is fun and an essential part of a healthful lifestyle. But, there are a few extra things to consider when bringing the little one along for a ride.
The main types of child carriers used in exercise are: running strollers, bike seats or trailers, and backpacks. Regardless of the type of carrier used, there are several factors to consider to ensure a fun outing for both you and your child:
- Keep a moderate pace.
- Be especially aware of your surroundings.
- Watch out for dangerous terrain.
- Dress your child for the elements.
- Never leave your child unattended.
- Use safety harnesses.
- Don’t exceed the weight limit of your carrier.
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.