Postpartum Running

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    Postpartum running is a great workout for mothers post-delivery. Running will promote weight loss, enhance your cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance, and improve your mood.

    How to Begin Running Postpartum

    Before beginning any workout program, be sure to get the thumbs-up from your doctor. With your doctor’s permission, you can usually begin mild walking and stretching immediately postpartum if you had an uncomplicated delivery. At first, walk for ten to fifteen minutes per day, three times a week, and then gradually increase walking time up to thirty minutes per day and five days per week. If you have had a complicated, traumatic delivery, a caesarian section, or an episiotomy, you will need to wait at least six to eight weeks depending on your condition.

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    New mothers who are also new to running must start slow. Grace Lazenby, celebrity trainer and co-founder of Itrain.com, recommends beginning with a run-walk program. For example, walk for five minutes; then run for 5 minutes and repeat. Begin to build up stamina, endurance, and strength in order to avoid injury.

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  1. Avatar of carrie carrie says:

    I think you should do what is comfortable. Dont over due it but if your comfortable starting right back to your normal routine then you should.

  2. Avatar of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    i would prefer to run alone. i really need to trim done.

  3. I wish I saw this article before I started running again. It’s a great reminder that my body isn’t in the same shape it was in before I got pregnant and that it will take time to get back on track. Thanks for the great article! =]

  4. Need to find a running spot

  5. Avatar of Melody Melody says:

    And get a great bra. :)

  6. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I hate running! But I got to get rid of this belly!

  7. Avatar of Jennie Jennie says:

    I am totally gonna try this it will help wake me up in the morning I am sure.

  8. I wish I could run… walking is where I have started.

  9. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    I don’t do running but I do walking with my children almost everyday. Its healthy keep your body fit and active. Also, relieves stress.

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