My name is Kat Brown and I have been improving my health and fitness over the past 12 months by following the Lose Baby Weight healthy eating plans. In that time I have become a runner and absolutely love it.
Running is a fantastic way to help you with losing your baby weight; it is a great exercise for all over body toning, will help you to feel fitter and stronger and can be a fantastic way to de-stress and boost your mood.
Today I thought that I would share some of my tips to help you to start running.
Before even attempting to start running I would highly advise that you go and get professionally fitted for appropriate footwear. It may seem silly but you will be putting your body under a lot more pressure compared to walking and you will need good supportive shoes to help take on some of that impact. You can read more about getting fitted here.
A good sports bra is a must!! Running is a high impact sport so you need to make sure that you are being supported properly to help prevent doing any damage. If you are bigger busted, try opting for an underwire sports bra and then try a sports crop over the top to really give you a lot of support.
If you are currently walking and feeling very comfortable you could try to include some jogging/running intervals into your walk. You can try running from light-post to light-post and increase the distance with each run. If you are more after a scheduled program a fantastic app that you can use for this is C25K (free) and it has your intervals worked out for you over an 8-9 week period and can have you jogging/running 5kms by the end of the program.
Take It Slow
Running flat out and getting out of breath is not going to get you anywhere when beginning to run. Taking it slow will not only get you further but will leave you feeling strong and empowered. Taking one big deep breath in and two shorter breaths out can help you to keep in control of your breathing and will give you something else to focus on while running.
This is such an important part of running. A brief 5 min stretch after you finish a run is fine but I highly recommend that you spend a few days a week (1-2) where you have a good stretch of your body. The stretch and relax segment in the Healthy Mummy DVD is fantastic for this.
I hope that these few tips can help ease you into the wonderful world of running!! I will warn you though, once you start you won’t stop!!
Kat Brown xxx
Please note that this site is for information only and should not replace any medical advice from a Doctor taken before undergoing any weight loss campaign or change in exercise and diet routine post pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. We also do not recommend any exercise or stomach exercises until you have had full clearance from your Doctor or Physiotherapist post birth – which for mums who have had C-Sections could be many many months post birth and trying to do exercise before you are ready could lead to severe injury.
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