Why walking is important during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, most expectant mothers think that working out may affect the bump but it is quite the opposite. Walking is a beneficial exercise that helps soon-to-be mothers gets rid of pregnancy discomforts and symptoms in a healthy way. It provides energy to handle a busy day at work even when you are pregnant.
According to experts, just 150 minutes of walking in a week yields loads of benefits for pregnant women. You can even break your 150-minute target as per your convenience.
Benefits of walking
- Regular walking during pregnancy reduces the risks of miscarriage, birth defects, still birth, gestational diabetes etc.
- Being active keeps your body healthy and fit to endure the physical challenges of pregnancy, labour pain and child birth.
- Walking keeps your heart strong and muscles toned. It provides the strength to carry the weight of your growing baby.
- It helps you to have an easy and short labour without any complications.
- It relieves you from constipation, helps you sleep better and concentrate on everyday work.
- It prevents excess weight gain by burning calories. Although it is slow compared to other exercises, walking is safe and risk free.
- With regular practice, walking helps to lose weight after childbirth.
- It helps to kick off depression, mood swings and emotional stress.
Tips to achieve your goal
Have a goal for a regular healthy workout regime. It can be 30 minutes walking schedule or 20 minutes prenatal yoga with 20 minutes walking.
- Have a possible goal. Don’t begin a 1 hour workout session; instead slowly start from 20-30 minutes of leisure walking.
- If you can’t follow 7-day routine, plan for a 5 day walking session to achieve the target time.
- Try walking to a friend’s house, shopping or office.
- Get off the bus one stop early or park your car far away and take a walk.
- Talk and walk with a friend or walk your dog to the park.
- In office, use the stairs instead of lift and walk to the person and deliver the message instead of mails.
- Do not walk in hot weather; try morning hours or evenings for leisure walk.
- Your aim is to feel active and maintain weight, so listen to your body when it requires rest. Do not overdo and exhaust yourself as it has adverse effects on the body.
Try walking regularly and let us know the changes you observed in the comments section.