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THE NEW MUM’S GUIDE TO STRENGTH

THE DEMANDS OF MOTHERHOOD CAN PUT YOUR RUNNING ON HOLD FOR A WHILE. HERE’S HOW TO COME BACK STRONGER – WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Becoming a mum can put your running performances in perspective

Click on the hashtags #fitmoms or #postpartumfitness in Instagram and you’ll see plenty of pictures of toned abdomens next to swollen bellies depicting the changes women have achieved post pregnancy. But you’ll very rarely see anyone talking about working on their pelvic floor or practising breathing.

Whether you’re counting the days until you can run again or not, it’s important to spend time working on your pelvic floor and core muscles. Though they might not feature heavily in fitspo, they’re essential for both your general health and for a successful return to running. Focusing on these areas can mitigate against back pain and help with the general physical stresses of motherhood.

Dr Jessica Howitt is a GP with expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology. She’s also a new mum and a runner training for her next marathon. Dr Howitt explains: “The pelvic floor is a sheet of muscles that runs from your tailbone to the pubic bone at the front. It’s essentially the floor to your pelvis and helps to support the organs inside: the bladder, uterus and back passage. If it weakens, the organs aren’t so well supported and can start to move out of position, causing uncomfortable symptoms and leakage of urine.”

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Grow your mental – and physical – strength with the June issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! From the performance-enhancing benefits of adopting a competitive mindset, to the best ways to develop your mental toughness, we’ll show you how to become a more confident runner. You’ll also discover how running can help boost your mental self-image – hear how running gave cover star Anna Pearce confidence and courage as she overcame a highly traumatic life event. And if you’re focused on getting your body stronger and fitter this summer, the issue is packed with helpful advice. We’ve got a six-week training plan for runners looking to make the step up from 5K to 10K, and a fantastic workout to boost power in the hamstrings and glutes, helping you run faster and stay injury-free. Find all this plus the usual inspiration, recipes, tips and gear reviews.
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