One of the most healing, invigorating, and resetting things in the world we can do for ourselves is completely free of charge and it just might make you feel, well, free.

It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of money or no money. It doesn’t matter if you are alone, or with a group. Taking a walk is one of the most powerful tools we have in our tool belt. Don’t underestimate a good walk. Rain or shine, wind or total stillness, there is no reason to not go for a walk (weather advisories not included).

Postpartum, as soon as you are given the all-clear, get out and enjoy the fresh air. Whether you pop baby in a front carrier, or a stroller, a little bit of outdoor time can do you the world of good, and your baby too.

The first few weeks of motherhood are so life-altering, that going back to something very simple, like walking can be comforting. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your daily constitutional.

1) Physical Benefits: The physical benefits of walking can aid in postpartum recovery and overall well-being:

2) Increased Energy: Walking releases endorphins, boosting your energy levels and combating postpartum fatigue.

3) Weight Management: While this is not the focus, walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can aid in shedding pregnancy weight in a healthy manner.

4) Strengthened Muscles: Walking helps tone and strengthen various muscle groups, including your legs, core, and pelvic floor, promoting better posture and stability.

5) Improved Cardiovascular Health: Regular walking can enhance cardiovascular fitness, reducing the risk of heart disease and other related conditions.

6) Emotional and Mental Well-being: Aside from the physical advantages, walking can significantly contribute to your emotional and mental well-being:

a) Stress Relief: Taking a walk allows you to clear your mind, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. It provides a valuable opportunity for self-care.

b) Mood Enhancement: Walking triggers the release of endorphins, known as "feel-good" hormones, which can elevate your mood and combat postpartum blues or symptoms of postpartum depression.

c) Connection with Nature: Walking outdoors exposes you to fresh air, sunlight, and the beauty of nature, offering a rejuvenating experience and a change of scenery.

Tips for Walking After Having a Baby: For an enjoyable walking routine postpartum, consider the following tips:

a) Consult Your Healthcare Provider: Before starting any exercise program, consult your healthcare provider to ensure you have received the necessary clearance and guidance.

b) Start Slowly: Begin with shorter and easier walks, gradually increasing the duration and intensity as you regain strength and stamina.

c) Good shoes: Opt for comfortable, supportive training shoes that provide cushioning and stability to protect your feet and joints.

d) Choose the Right Gear: Wear comfortable clothing and consider using a stroller, baby carrier, or a postpartum support belt to ensure proper posture and support during walks.

e) Stay Hydrated: Remember to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your walks, especially if you're breastfeeding.

f) Buddy System: Walking with another new mom, family member, or supportive friend can make the experience more enjoyable and help you stay motivated.

Remember to listen to your body, start slowly, and savor the opportunity to reconnect with yourself and nature as you embark on this new chapter of motherhood. Doctors recommend you take things slow, so do that and build up. at your own pace. Take this time to treat yourself well.