4. Don’t Start Until You’re Ready – If you have an infant or small children your body may not be ready yet. After child birth studies have shown that it can take up to a year for your body to actually get back to the condition it was in before pregnancy if then. Give your body time to heal and start when you’re ready. Plus if your child/children aren’t sleeping through the night yet trying to exercise can be more exhausting then it’s worth and do more harm than good. Try doing some simple yoga stretches instead. No running involved and it’s a great stress reliever.
5. Don’t Worry About Other Workouts – Of course there are all forms of exercise such as step aerobics kick-boxing zumba dance videos and the list goes on. The only difference though is not that they aren’t as beneficial and not that running is better it’s simply that running or jogging is easier. All you need are a pair of tennis shoes a t-shirt and shorts or sweats. You don’t have to buy any videos or follow an instructor.
You simply change clothes grab your headphones and go at your own pace. If you have a treadmill though I would suggest alternating your workout for a couple reasons. One being that just from personal experience running or jogging too often on an unnatural surface like a treadmill can possibly cause knee ankle or back problems because of the constant pounding especially if your body isn’t used to using these muscles yet. Run outside on sidewalks if you can or jog in front of the TV while you’re watching Dance with the Stars. Plus make sure your shoes are cushioned for support.
Yoga can be a good alternative to stretch your muscles on days you don’t feel like running or you’re too overwhelmed with other demands. As mentioned before listen to your body and go at your own pace. As the kids get older you’ll find more available time in the evenings when there is less physical demands needed from mommy such as bottle feeding and diaper changing just to name a few. Now that our three girls are all in school it’s much easier (at least for me) to take twenty even thirty minutes in the evening after they are all in bed. A late evening workout is better than no workout at all.