A great way to expose children to exercise is to take them along when you run, walk, bike, or hike. Your child 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 comfortable, manageable 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