It can feel like it’s all systems go when you’ve got a newborn to look after. There are nappies to change, bottles to fill – and let’s not even get started with those sleepless nights! As you adjust to being a mummy, it’s important that you realise just how beneficial it can be to squeeze in a daily walk with your baby. Here are just three reasons why you should get your coat on, whip out the pram and head off for a leisurely stroll whenever there’s an opportunity to do so.
It’s probably unrealistic that you can fit in too many trips to the gym in those first few months of motherhood. After all, a successful workout now relies on you getting a babysitter. But a walk is a great way to get some gentle exercise while keeping your baby in tow. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be breaking a sweat by any means. Instead, you just need to elevate your heartbeat and get your blood pumping.
You might feel like you’re constantly on your feet and running from one room to another when you’ve got a newborn baby to tend to. This does count as physical activity – but it’s without the perk of fresh air that comes from going outside for a walk. Fresh air has many benefits, including that it can make you feel more alert and strengthen your immune system.
Cabin fever is the term used to describe the symptoms that come from being in the same place for too long. A leisurely walk can fight back against this by giving you the opportunity to enjoy new surroundings and come into contact with different people. A walk could, therefore, be a fantastic pick-me-up on those days when you’re down in the dumps and not quite feeling yourself.
Give it a go!
All new mums should reap the rewards of getting out and going for a short walk with their newborn. If you’re trying to get to grips with parenting and are looking for similar tips to help you succeed, check out Your Baby Club.