Running is a great form of exercise that can tone up your whole body. It is sure to get your blood pumping, is a great way to lose stomach fat while you lose pregnancy weight, and is (on the whole) free to take part in.
Today we have five questions that will help you decide whether you are ready to begin running as a form of healthy exercise.

Have you got the right equipment?

The great thing about running is there isn’t actually that much stuff to buy.
A good pair of shoes, a hat, a sports bra, some shorts/tights and a t-shirt and you’re away.
Everything else – water bottles, music players, running apps – are all optional extras.
It’s a great idea to keep all of your running gear together in one spot so that you aren’t hunting around for your socks when you could be getting started.
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Have you carved out some time to run?

It’s quite nice if you can set aside a bit of time to enjoy your run – which isn’t always possible with kids!
So if you can, arrange for a friend to mind the kids (you could mind theirs when they feel like a workout); run when your partner or relatives are around; or squeeze it in between day care or work commitments.
Depending on their age you could even take the kids with you in their pram.
It’s a great idea to schedule it on your weekly calendar as a non-negotiable part of your week. That way it’s less likely to get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list.
There are even some organised weekly runs that take place in certain areas. These are great as you are surrounded by like minded people of all fitness levels. Plus it’s a way to time your run and try to beat your previous times.
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Have you started walking or jogging?

It’s not a good idea to move from a sedentary lifestyle to a 2km sprint. Be kind to yourself by starting off with a solid walking routine, say 3 walks per week.
From there you can try adding some light jogs for 1 minute during your walk.
After that, try alternating between a continuous loop of 1 minute walking and 1 minute jogging.
Once you’ve got that down, you can try extending the amount of time you are jogging until you are jogging more than walking.

Have you found somewhere safe to run?

Try to find somewhere to run that allows you to mix things up – that could be some stairs, flat spaces, gentle inclines and even some hills or sand dunes.
You’ll soon find out whether you prefer to run on sand, road, footpath or grass – everyone is different and it also depends on what sort of shape your back/knees/ankles are in.
You may even decide to hire/borrow/buy a treadmill which is a good alternative if getting out of the house on your own isn’t an option.

Have you got a way to motivate yourself?

It could be a killer playlist, some cool new fluoro trainers, a certain dress to fit into – anything can be your motivation.
Another great idea is to sign up to an event such as a 5km race in the future. It might seem to overwhelming right now but it’s great to have something to focus on and train for.
For some people, just strapping on their shoes is enough to get them in the running mood. Find your mojo and enjoy the run!
You can find out how to set some goals for your running here which can really boost your motivation to keep at it.
If you’re not sure about how to get started, why not check out our Motivating Mum Kat Brown’s tips (she is a mum of 4 who lost 27kg in 12 months with Lose Baby Weight) on how she got into it.
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Results from mums on the 28 Day Challenge

Mums lose an average of 4-6kg (8-13 pounds) on our 28 Day Challenge and below are some of the amazing results from mums JUST LIKE YOU who are already using the 28 Day Challenge and losing tummy fat – make the change and join them today too!
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Erin Loses a MASSIVE 44.7kgs on our 28 Day Challenges
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Erin says: “I love the 28 day challenge! It takes all the guess work of “what do i have for dinner” and fumbling around the fridge looking for ingredients before deciding on something “easy” (and usually not healthy!) The best thing is, after doing my weekly shop once the shopping list comes out I have everything I need to make something HEALTHY AND EASY!”
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