After the “deep freeze” of the winter, people are finally starting to dig their way out of their homes and enjoy the beautiful weather and sunshine. Exercise is not just beneficial for the body, but also for the mind. It is an effective method of stress-relief, and gives us a new perspective on dealing with difficult situations in our lives. A 2007 study by Blumenthal et al found that exercise is as effective as an anti-depressant in some cases in alleviating depression.
Several studies have shown that moderate exercise does not pose a risk to a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. As is the case whenever one exercises, be sure to stay hydrated, and build up your endurance gradually. If you are in the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen to both yourself and your baby.
You may be accustomed to exercising by yourself, but there are many ways to include your baby in your exercise routine. Try taking a brisk walk with your baby in a stroller- they like the fresh air and change in scenery, too! Consider a jogging stroller if you want to go to the next level and try running. Many local YMCA’s/park districts have exercise classes specifically designed for the both of you to enjoy exercising together. Invite a friend along! Be creative, and enjoy the many benefits that regular exercise provides.