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Benefits of Walking as a New Mum

By January 24, 2018

Mother, father and young daughter holding hands, walking in a field


As a new mum walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise you can do. Simply strap little one into their pram or carrier, pop your shoes on and away you go. The UK National Obesity Forum advises that the average UK adult should take between 7000 and 10000 steps a day, yet in between 2014 and 2015 just 51% of the population walked 5 days a week or more often.

Getting fit post birth

8 weeks postpartum I was keen to make a start loosing some of my baby weight and get fit, especially as I knew the time would come to take little one on her first swim, so I turned to fitness DVDs. Charlotte Crosby's 3 Minute Body Blitz was my favourite as I could do one 3 minute routine at a time, check on my sleeping daughter, then do another 3 minutes and so on. I kept this up for a good few months, incorporating other celebrity fitness DVDs into my routine too so as not to get bored. As my daughter got a little older, I'd often do them while she was awake and she'd happily sit in her baby bouncer or lay on her play mat and watch me. It was a little trickier when she started rolling as she'd sometimes suddenly roll right into me. When she started crawling, it was nigh on impossible to do the DVDs whilst she she was crawling all around me and trying to pull herself up using my leg.

Benefits of walking

Obviously, one of the main benefits of walking is the associated health benefits that come with it. It can assist with weight loss and improve your overall mental health and well-being. On average you burn 100 calories per every mile you walk, however when you're pushing a pram with an infant in it or carrying a baby, your load is heavier, meaning your working harder. Thus, you burn more calories!

Once your partner has gone back to work, the reality of being on your own all day with just a young baby for company can be daunting. Going for a walk with your bubba, gives you a bit of time to think, get some fresh air into your lungs and see some faces. Going out with my daughter and my dog, almost always gets a smile or a nod in the least from passers by.

                    Dog running, three women walking in the background behind the dog

My walking journey

I started walking when my dog decided he didn't want to go on his early morning walk in the cold with my partner anymore. He's a bit of a prince and, at the time, he was being particularly protective of me and didn't want to leave my side following a bad time I was going through with anxiety. So, I started taking him and the baby out during the day. As my dog is only small I use a clip which clips onto the bar of the buggy, intended to carry shopping bags. We started off with 10 minute walks which gradually increased to around 25 minutes and now it's a standard part of our daily routine. We almost always just walk around our local area, but I take different routes to mix it up a little and so we all get to see different things. At the weekend, my partner joins us and it's nice to have a chat with him as we walk.

                                           

I love our daily walks. It gives me time to think whilst the baby and the dog are occupied by their surroundings. It's nice to get out and about too and I intend to keep up our daily walks throughout the year.

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14 comments

  1. Yes I regained a lot of my strength post birth by using a connecta SSC and walking with my baby. I'd recommend it to anyone. #fortheloveofblog

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  2. I had a baby 4 months ago and have been 'forced' to do more walking because of school runs - has definitely improved my fitness! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  3. Walking is a great way of getting back into shape as nice and low impact and it usually results in a sleeping or chilled out baby too. For home workouts look up Popsugar Fitness on YouTube- I swear by them! #familyfun x

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    1. Completely agree - my little one is so chilled out on our walks! Thanks for the recommendation too :)

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  4. walking is fantastic! we try and walk everywhere and I always enjoyed the first walk after birth, it was sore but so lovely to get out after spending so long in the hospital. great post x #honeybeelinky

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    1. Yes, I was exactly the same with the first one :)

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  5. I love a good walk, makes a huge difference to my mental health and I feel tons better after for making the effort to it X #familyfunlinky

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  6. I absolutely love walking with my kids. It has saved my sanity over the last few years! Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

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    1. Haha! The fresh air and a change of scenery definitely helps!

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  7. We walk EVERYWHERE and I am always pushing a really heavy tandem stroller with a two and 3 year old on board, it is not the lightest. I walk so much to make sure I get some exercise in as kiddies don't always allow so much gym time. I think walking has so many benefits like you say and is a great gentle exercise for new mums! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

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    1. Oh wow! Sounds like walking really works for you :)

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