Walking helps your pregnancy

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Pregnancy brings many changes to a woman’s body, including weight gain and hormonal changes that can affect energy, mood and appetite. But here are 5 reasons why walking is one of the best exercises during pregnancy.

“Walking is a great way to maintain healthy circulation and build stamina and strength as the baby grows and mum has more weight than support”.

While it is not recommended for a woman to start a new exercise programme once she finds out she is pregnant, almost everyone can reap the benefits of walking. Every pregnant woman should, however, consult with her doctor about the amount of physical activity that is appropriate for her situation.

 

NATURAL RESISTANCE TRAINING

Weight gain is a natural part of pregnancy. As a woman’s body gets heavier, her muscles get stronger to carry the extra weight. This makes her muscles naturally stronger, without the need to lift weights. However, the leg muscles only get stronger about the amount of physical activity you are doing.

 

MOVING JOINTS

Walking also helps to keep a woman’s joints flexible through their full range of motion. Everyone knows that joints and muscles stiffen when they are not moving. Walking prevents this problem and the associated discomfort because moving the legs makes the hip joints looser, more flexible and stronger. This is especially helpful when a woman gives birth.

 

WORRIED ABOUT WEIGHT GAIN?

Gaining 10-12 kilograms is normal and healthy during pregnancy, but a woman can easily gain more than that. Going for a walk every day or every other day helps keep a woman’s metabolism regulated and weight under control. Low-intensity walking exercise may not increase metabolism, but it does burn calories. A woman can increase her metabolism by intensifying her walk by adding hills or distance. You can also stop and do 20 squats every five to 10 minutes for a similar effect if the additional exercise is well tolerated.

 

CULTIVATE A PEACEFUL MIND

There is a lot to think about during pregnancy, with feelings of anticipation, worry, excitement and anticipation at their peak. Endorphins generated from exercise can help a pregnant woman reduce her stress and maintain a positive mood; walking outdoors is particularly beneficial in this regard.

 

CREATING POSITIVE HABITS AFTER PREGNANCY

Having a walking routine before the baby arrives makes it more likely that a woman will make exercise a post-partum habit, too.

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