It’s not just great for your baby, spending time outdoors will improve your health and sense of wellbeing too.
Our top 5 reasons to get outside with baby are:
1. Fresh Air
It’s not just an old wives’ tale, breathing in fresh clean air helps your lungs to dilate and expel airborne toxins from your body. When you’ve been stuck indoors with the heating on and breathing in stale recycled air, fresh air is great lung cleanser.
As well as boosting you and your baby’s immune systems and helping them fight bacteria and germs, oxygenating your body and brain can help you think more clearly and feel more energised.
Great news if you’re feeling constantly tired and suffering from ‘baby brain’.
2. Mental Health
Getting outdoors boosts serotonin levels, natures happy drug.
Increasing your serotonin levels helps improve mood, relaxes you and gives an overall sense of wellbeing. Many mothers with young babies can feel a little lower than they would normally, especially if they’ve been cooped up indoors for months, so getting outside can really help to lighten your mood.
Try and find somewhere with trees and greenery, if possible, as this increases serotonin levels even more.
3. Get Fit
You may feel like you never sit still and are on the go all day but looking after your baby and home doesn’t have the same health benefits as a pulse-raising brisk walk to the park, whilst pushing a buggy or carrying baby in a carrier.
Even just a short but energetic walk will give your heart and lungs a good workout and improve your circulation.
Walking is a great way to lose weight too, so if you gained a few extra pregnancy pounds, you’ll have walked them off in no time.
A vigorous walk is also a great reminder to do your pelvic floor exercises. Ask any new mother who’s had to wriggle crossed legged to the nearest loo!
4. Improved Digestion
This may come as a surprise but getting outdoors for some fresh air and exercise helps your digestive system.
Increased oxygen levels and increased blood flow helps you digest your food more effectively, keeps your bowels working smoothly and even helps eliminate bloating from gassy build-up.
A real bonus if you’re trying to lose weight!
5. Better Sleep
You’re probably thinking “fat chance” when you’ve got a new baby, however, getting outdoors can help improve baby’s sleep, as well as yours.
Fresh air helps to clear airways and encourages deeper and more restful sleep. After a good dose of O2, chances are that baby is also hungry and will enjoy a good feed and will then settle quickly and easily, for a long and peaceful sleep.
We say this with all of our fingers crossed, as there is always the exception to the rule!
Even if you don’t find this to be the case in the first instance, you may find it will be on the second so persevere and don’t be put off. Considering the other benefits, 4 out of 5 isn’t bad!
So, swap your slippers for your walking boots and get outside and start feeling great.