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 downstairs, 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 injures 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 the lot of being 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!