New Mom: Find Time to Exercise

Being a new mom is challenging to say the least. Motherhood is stressful at times and can make a woman want to run screaming down the street.

A better solution, incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Put your baby in a stroller and walk or jog down the street before the stress gets to her.

Daily exercise can help new moms cope with the stress of motherhood. Exercise releases endorphins into the brain and endorphins are nature's antidepressants. In fact, research has shown that regular exercise can be as effective as psychotherapy in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Studies show that starting an exercise routine soon after giving birth may even help ward off postpartum depression. It's also known to reduce anxiety and help fight feelings of hopelessness. Feelings of tension, fatigue, and anger are all positively affected by exercise.

Finding time to exercise is probably the main obstacle most new moms face in attempting to start or maintain an exercise regimen. Trying to exercise while the baby is down for a nap is usually when most new moms attempt to fit exercise into their day. However, that probably isn't the best option. Instead, new moms might be better off to include baby in their exercise program.

As stated earlier, instead of screaming down the street, new moms might want to buy a sturdy stroller (there are models designed specifically for jogging with baby) and a quality pair of shoes. Make it a daily habit to go for a walk or jog with your baby. A fifteen or twenty-minute stroll twice a day or one thirty-minute to an hour walk can give you the exercise you need, boosting physical and mental health at the same time.

While walking may not sound like much of an exercise, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it can be the one of the simplest ways to ease into fitness after giving birth. Whether it be a simple walk around the block at a leisurely pace or a pumped-up power walk it can do wonders for mind and body.

Of course, your physician should be consulted before starting any exercise program and new moms are no exception to the rule.


Mobile Fitness Examiner Dawn Steadham is a fitness professional and freelance writer, is a busy soccer mom of four living in southern Alabama.

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