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Medical experts advise that you can walk yourself out of your sour mood. Studies also show that even a 10-minute walk or stroll can boost your brain chemistry and increase happiness.
Medics have attested that 150 minutes of walking each week have a lot of benefits for the pregnant mother. You may split it by walking to work if the distance is what you can walk and the weather favourable. If you already have kids and their school is closer home, walk with them to school. If you go by car, park your car further away than you need, use the stairs, not lift, if you work in an office, deliver messages in person rather than over the phone/email. Talk and walk with a friend. Find an easy way out but ensure that within a week, it is up to 150 minutes. But if this is something difficult for you, you may opt for swimming if you are a perfect swimmer, or a dance class.
Bellow are the benefits you achieve by walking. “Being active during pregnancy means you are likely maintaining a healthier weight and by so doing, you would be able to cope better with the physical demands of pregnancy and labour.
It also reduces the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects and diabetes. It can also prevent gestational diabetes, which makes your baby grow too big in pregnancy, and can lead to delivery complications. Being active can also prevent you from getting high blood pressure which can result in stillbirth,” medics said.
Also, “walking makes it easier to get back to your normal weight after your baby is born. It can also give you more energy, help you sleep better and reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
“It makes you stronger so as to carry the weight of your unborn growing baby and prepares your body for the physical challenge of labour. Walking can help to make labour quicker and reduces the risk of complications,” health experts affirm.
Other health benefits are: Helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
Lowers high blood pressure.
Helps reduce weight and body fat.
Helps reduce risk of some cancers.
Reduces anxiety and depression and improves your mood and mental well-being.
Helps control joint swelling and pain from arthritis.
Gives you more energy.
Helps you sleep better.
Improves your appearance.
Improves bone density and helps reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Helps if you are recovering from a period of illhealth.
Best all-around exercise.
Works the thighs and abdominals.
Keeps the hips and knees in great shape.
Promotes clear thinking, improves intelligence.
Brings oxygen to the brain.
Promotes vascular health.
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