Postpartum Running Tips for Moms
Did you enjoy running before you became pregnant? It’s one of the best ways to keep fit. It’s free, fun, and an excellent way to keep the pounds off. Now that you’ve had your baby, you may be thinking about taking up running again.
But is it safe? How should you get started? When should you not run? Let’s take a closer look.
Before You Start Running
First of all, don’t start running until you are absolutely ready. There are a few warning signs that suggest you’re not quite there yet.
For example, if you suffer from leaking when you run, you’re not ready yet. If you try running and notice your stomach doming, this is another sign to hold off.
The best thing to do is check with your doctor, and they will be able to tell you whether you’re ready or not. Even if they give you the all-clear, if you don’t feel quite there yet, hold off for now.
Focus on Building Your Core Strength
One thing you will want to do before you start running again after giving birth is work on your core strength. Diastasis recti is a problem that affects many new moms, and you don’t want to make it worse.
Ideally, you should work on your core strength, pelvic floor, and breathing for several weeks before you start running. This will help strengthen your muscles and your body to get you ready to run, so you can feel confident about running or other activities you want to do.
Our Pelvic Floor & Core Program and our Abs Fab Program are both great options here because they will help to build that core strength again and resolve pelvic floor weakness and diastasis recti.
Take It Slowly
When you are ready to start running, take it slowly. Don’t feel like you have to push it, even if that’s how you used to run. You don’t have to go faster or push yourself. If that’s your end goal, that’s fine, but it may be a while before you get back to that stage.
Focus on your core foundations first, and help your body recover fully. Then start pushing it further when you are ready.
Get Expert Guidance
Try our Get Back to Being You Guide. This online guide is packed full of helpful information for moms who want to start exercising again. It doesn’t just cover running, and it also covers yoga, going to the gym, and lifting weights. If you feel ready to start running, download it today and enjoy getting back into running.