Walking is one of the easiest exercises you can gain access to. We already know you can lose weight when you walk for yourself but what would be the benefits of walking for moms? Well, in this contributed post we will talk about four different benefits that can be useful. Read on to learn why you may want to get out and walk more often…
In today’s increasingly fast-paced world, it can be nigh on impossible for any of us to get a little time to ourselves where we can relax with our thoughts and center ourselves emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. When we have kids, however, it becomes completely impossible. The myriad pressures of being a Mommy can pull her in so many different directions that by the time their baby starts toddling, she doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going.
But what if there was an activity that could give you this much-needed solitude or even a little extra alone time with your baby? An activity that helped to keep you fitter, leaner and healthier while also improving your mental health? There is… It’s called walking.
Walking. Not dashing up and down stairs, not zooming around the house doing chores, but simple walking is an extremely beneficial activity in a great many ways, and all Moms should be doing more of it. Here’s why…
It’s an accessible, free and safe form of exercise
Unlike going to a spin class or a session at the gym (for which you’d have to arrange childcare) walking can be done at virtually any time. It’s also perfectly safe, so long as you and your baby are sun safe and you keep your wits about you. Of course, if your walk is interrupted by the negligence of a negligent driver who places you or your baby in jeopardy or injuries you personally you can always turn to a lawyer from GetLegal.nyc to seek justice. For the most part, however, walking is safe, requires neither a membership fee nor special equipment and can burn from 90-200 calories per half hour.
It helps to reduce stress
It’s safe to say that a lot of a Mom (especially a new Mom or a Mom to be) is a stressful experience. Every day something comes along to add to the aggregate stress of parenthood and if we don’t take steps to combat stress it can have some nasty side effects from outbreaks of zits to high blood pressure. Combined with a diet that’s rich in foods that are proven to reduce stress, regular walking can improve your mood, and reduce your stress. But that’s not the only way in which walking can give your mind a boost.
It’s great for mental health
Being a new parent is an emotional rollercoaster, fraught with feelings of frustration, inadequacy, sadness, excitement, joy and general anxiety. Thus, it’s fair to say that even if you’re not affected by postpartum depression, the rigors of parenthood can take a toll on your mental health. Fortunately, a brisk walk can help relieve anxiety and depression and even help to aid cognitive function and memory.
Finally… It gives you and baby time to bond
There’s no such thing as spending too much time with the beautiful new life that you’ve created. A walk with your new baby is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and introduce them to the world around their new home. Plus, as you walk you’ll also likely encounter other Moms in the area, thereby improving your social prospects!
I love to walk! You have the fresh air against your face, the sounds of the birds, the smell of the trees. It feels so good to be out in nature walking compared to the house on a treadmill. But what makes walking even more enjoyable for me is the time I spend outside with my family.
My kids love to get out with me and my husband and walk and it is the best form of exercise we have. Like they say, it is free and easily accessible.
You can walk and breath or meditate and it makes you forget all about your stress. Plus when you walk with your children, who are old enough, you can talk with them and bond. Even small children you can play with them and spend time with them.
My mom and dad use to walk with me a lot of places when I was young. We walked to my school, to stores, and to the park, and I still have memories of all those times we bonded. Getting to see nature, play with the animals, and discover new things was really exciting.
Even my school took us on nature walks!
Walking is great for your health and even just 10 minutes a day is beneficial to your heart, according to the American Heart Association. So we have no reason not to walk.
So get out, put your young one in a stroller, and enjoy the scenery. A bonded nature walk with your child is waiting to be explored.
Do you enjoy walking with your children? Where are your favorite places to go for walks? I would love to hear about it below!