You want to lose weight. But you’re a busy mom, so you turned to running—it’s quick, intense and burns a lot of calories. The pounds will just fall off, right?

Well, not exactly. Let me let you in on a little secret: running alone isn’t the silver bullet to losing weight. Running needs to be combined with cross training and proper nutrition to be an effective weight loss tool. Read more about the runner’s diet.

Jogging is a good for your heart and increasing endurance. Interval running—think picking up your pace for a specific amount of time—will increase your maximum oxygen intake. And toning will, as the name implies, tone your muscles and allow you to burn calories long after your workout is over. Put them together, and you’ll reach your weight loss goal.

Starting running too soon post-pregnancy can wreak havoc on your pelvic floor, PF. Think of it as a hammock that holds your bladder and reproductive organs in and attaches to the front and back of your pelvis, its primary job is to hold everything “in”. These muscles work all day long. What’s a safe starting point?

Whether you’re simply trying to prevent injury, or you need to treat an existing one, here are some tips for preventing or treating plantar fasciitis, shin splints and IT band syndrome. As well as runner’s nutrition, running with diastasis recti and more!

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