Ditch your sandwich at the desk and get out this lunchtime. A 30-minute daily walk can help prevent low mood and boost your wellbeing in pregnancy
Whether you’re skipping along in the first few months of your pregnancy, or waddling along in the last trimester, getting outdoors for a brisk 30-minute walk, five days a week, is the key to reducing anxiety and stress, says researchers.
The team from University College Dublin analysed 700 pregnant women on their eating and exercise habits in the first half of their pregnancy and found that daily exercise was one of the best ways to boost mood. Yes, walking was more effective than changing your daily diet and as useful for preventing low mood as taking special education classes – and a lot more convenient.
Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, who led the study, says, ‘It’s such a simple thing to do. Low mood in pregnancy is a big issue, but the women who walked as recommended were not only fitter and healthier but reported better mood than those in the control group.’
And as well as being a great moost-booster, walking is a fantastic exercise to take up if you’ve never worked out regularly before you got pregnant. It’s gentle on joints, you don’t need to wrestle into any fitness gear to do it, and you can fit it easily into your day.
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