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Having a baby changes everything. Not only does your body go through an intense transformation, but you suddenly find yourself with less time and more responsibilities. Things like fitness and making time for yourself aren’t as easy to make happen as they once were.
Before getting pregnant with her now one-year-old son Sully, Kendra Sullivan was an avid runner and certified yoga instructor. Now, one year postpartum, she’s finding her stride in a new fitness routine.
“Once I found out I was pregnant, I stopped running,” she says. “I just didn't feel like physically pushing myself. Instead, I became an avid walker. I walked my dogs in our neighborhood nearly every day of my pregnancy, including the day Sully was born.”
After giving birth and getting clearance from her doctor, Sullivan knew she wanted to get back into her fitness routine, but there were obvious obstacles. In addition to being a new mom, she was also juggling her workload as a ninth grade teacher.
“Before baby, I could basically go run or do yoga whenever worked best for me. Now, it has to be scheduled around [my husband] Chris's availability and mine, so someone can watch Sully,” she says. Plus, Sullivan admits that sometimes fitness just can’t be the priority. “I'm also tired all the time, which can make it more difficult to get out there and get active,” she says. “Sometimes I need a nap more than a run.”
However, it’s granting herself this flexibility that has allowed Sullivan to slowly build back up into a sustainable fitness routine. Now, one year into parenthood, she finds time to run about two to three times a week. It isn’t as much as she would like, but it’s something — and she’s learning that having an “all or nothing” attitude simply doesn’t work once you throw kids in the mix.
“Post-baby, I've had a shift in thinking that has allowed me to feel OK about running and walking,” she says. “Pre-baby, I would have felt like any run that included a walk didn't really count. I've learned to give myself a lot more grace and have tried to adopt more of an ‘all or something’ attitude.”
After all, postpartum fitness is about much more than physical exercise. For Sullivan, she said it made her feel like herself again. “It has helped me re-craft my confidence and build strength,” she says. “I also can't overstate the importance of alone time. Often a run or a yoga class is the only time in the day I can carve out just for me.”
If you’re a new mom in the throes of late-night feedings, wondering if you’ll ever find time to go for a run again, take heart: it’ll happen. Sullivan’s biggest advice to new moms? Start adding fitness back in as soon as you’re cleared by your doctor — but build up slowly.
“A little grace will go a long way,” she says.
Thanks for sharing your journey, Kendra! Give our best to Sully.
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Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
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