Fresh air, fresh you
Recently, as the weather has warmed up (and the snow has disappeared!) I’ve been making the most of getting outdoors as much as possible. Whether I need some more nappies, am feeling a bit grouchy or have a parcel to post, I grab the buggy and set off for a stroll rather than defaulting to the car. I live in a town, so luckily all of these things are around twenty minutes away, but little and often is all it takes to make a difference.
I’ve finally succumbed and bought myself a Fit-bit so I can really see how much I’m moving and these little walks are helping to achieve my 10,000 steps. I’m not the most competitive person, but even I am driven to beat my daily goal and the little wrist-bound device.
But don’t take my word for it. Fresh air has the following benefits:
- Boosts the digestive system
- Improves blood pressure
- Makes you happier and less stressed
- Strengthens your immune system
- Cleans your lungs
- Gives you more energy.
It’s not just the physical act that’s at focus here, either.
The benefits to your mental health from stepping outside away from the chores, desk or whatever, are enormous. The NHS recommends that we get 150 minutes a week of exercise. Don’t freak out if you think you’re nowhere near that target as you juggle kids, the big shop and endlessly ferrying the kids around – it’s likely you’re getting more than you first assume. And if you’re worried and unsure of where to start, check out the NHS website for some ten minute workouts you can do at home.
Rarely a week goes by without the media reporting on a new exercise fad, so it’s easy to feel out of touch and confused. But a quick Google shows that there’s resounding evidence for walking little and often alfresco. Try making an afternoon activity out of a walk to town, or once a week prioritise it over other chores that can wait. Suggest catching up with a friend over a stroll or jog rather than a coffee – or better still, arrange to walk together to a coffee shop. Win win.
I hope you enjoy it and feel better as a result. You got this, mama.