Walking Burns Fat & Releases "Happy Hormones"
Along with burning calories and increasing your metabolism, walking releases endorphins which are the feel-good hormones our body makes during exercise.
These hormones give us feelings of well-being and also relieve stress to help avoid any postpartum blues.
Up to 13% of new mothers are reported as being affected by postnatal depression. Research has shown that postnatal exercise reduces this risk by as much as 50%. When you add mood boosting to the other weight loss and health benefits, walking quickly becomes a no-brainer!
Most babies enjoy a walk too, in the carrier or pram, which is great news for those of us with clingy babies.
How much Walking a Day?
It helps to have a goal.
A 30 - 45 minute walk is ideal but if you are just starting out or have taken a break from exercise you can always begin with something simple like a 10 or 20-minute walk.
If finding 30 minutes at a time is challenging, see how you can break it up into smaller chunks of time. 5 or 10 minutes, here and 5 or 10 minutes there – it adds up!
The key is to start with something, then COMMIT to it. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. And if you slip up and miss a day, forgive yourself and get straight back on it the next day.
Weight Loss is typically 80% what you eat and drink and 20% exercise, so on the days you don't exercise try to concentrate on eating healthy.