Exercise as a mom is important, beneficial, and empowering for mental and emotional health. It’s not easy for moms to get a workout in, especially when young children take up most of your day. I understand. I have two littles and fitting in a workout often doesn’t happen until 8 or 9pm.

The NEW fad of exercise

However there seems to be a new epidemic–running. Everybody does it. But is it actually worth it? It seems that a lot of people running an excessive amount of miles every day might be putting a lot of strain on their bodies. Yet it might be that running is one of the best ways to get fit. Why and what do you need to look after yourself? As with all training, use precaution and common sense. Listen to your body. 

The Benefits On Your Mental And Physical Strength

By taking part in anaerobic running, you are increasing your human growth hormone. This is what helps you to increase your strength. Maybe over time you are getting more conditioned and can go further and/or faster. Ultimately, our bodies learn to adapt to the stimulus that is given. In addition, when setting yourself a running challenge this can be one of the hardest things in the world to accomplish. We’ve seen what marathon runners go through, and it’s that feeling of hitting the wall. This is a major test for your emotional reserves. Ultimately, it is the right workout for any beginner, just as long as you do it right. Listen to your body always. 

Protecting Yourself

A lot of people run with poor quality shoes, but when it comes to protecting yourself while out running, there’s a lot more to consider than that. If you are a woman and you are looking to run a few miles every day, be sure you know how to best protect yourself. A lot of people feel that headphones is an essential accessory while out running. It’s not always a good idea, because you are unable to gain a true perspective of your surroundings. It says on the site of William W. Hurst, three quarters of pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas. Be sure you are acutely aware of your surroundings. Also, be sure to stay in populated areas, but change your route on a regular basis.

Other Benefits

As a woman, any sort of exercise is actually good for coping with menstrual pain. Running is one of those that are invaluable. Running increases endorphins. Take care of yourself and your health will thank you in the long run.

There’s a lot to be said for being alone with your thoughts while on a run. In many ways, this can help you run further because you’re not focused on the act of running itself. So if you ever find you have a problem you need to work through, go for a run! Moms often need the solitude. 

We all need to make time to go out for a run, and not just for the benefits on our cardiovascular system, but that alone time is good for you. When trying to make it a fun hobby, you need to think about making it a safe one too. Get your running shoes on!

You won’t regret it, as long as you look after yourself.

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