Walking is best – fact

12 Apr

I have just finished watching a very interesting programme on BBC4 about exercise, walking to be more precise. What I have learnt is that to be the healthiest and to keep your best levels of fitness, walking is best. The amount and type of exercise that you can do is not necessarily based upon spending several hours sweating it out in the gym, it is actually just to make sure you are always on the move. This is great news if you are pregnant, or are just trying to loose your baby weight!

Panorama followed a group of different people from an office worker that did nothing, an office worker that spend 3 hours in the gym a week exercising and a busy waitress that was on her feet all day, but never went to the gym. The study showed that the healthiest and fittest was the waitress. The study concluded that you should never be sitting still for more than an hour a day. This doesn’t mean that you have to jump on a treadmill every hour, simply get up and move around a bit. Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk from the station don’t get the tube, or jump off the bus a couple of stops earlier. Run up and down the stairs, dance around the living room whilst the kettle is boiling!

If you are pregnant this is a pretty easy exercise regime to achieve and stick to. I love to walk, and walked all throughout my pregnancy; even towards the end when I was almost crippled from Annabella sitting on a nerve (not sure that was a good idea, but I just hated to sit still and be restricted from being out and about). It is also a relatively easy regime to keep up once little one arrives, to get out of the house and go for a walk is so beneficial for both you and your new baby.

So girls get yourself a Baby Bjorn (if you don’t already have one) and get walking, or dancing around your house whilst you hoover or load the washing. Your baby will love it too! Or if you are still pregnant, just get moving!

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