I know a lot of mums that have low energy pretty regularly.

And it’s no wonder why. When you think of all the things you do in your day, and sometimes with very little sleep, it’s incredible that you keep moving at all.

I know exactly how you feel, and I’ve also got an easy solution.

The best way to have more energy

Believe it or not, the best thing to get more energy is to get outside and get moving.

Going for a walk is one of the best ways I know to raise your energy levels. Now I’m not talking about a power walk (unless you want to), but a nice leisurely paced walk.

For busy mums with babies and toddlers that can be quite an effort, but here are some ideas to help you. These are all things I did for years with my kids.

Firstly put your bub in a pram and just get walking. Go around the block, or find a path through a local park. Most babies like the rocking motion of being in a pram and usually fall asleep.

Even if they don’t fall asleep, there is an ever changing background for them to look at and keep them happy!

If you have a toddler, then maybe they could ride a little bike or scooter while you walk.

My kids always loved riding their bikes and scooters alongside me, from when they were little until they were teenagers and would go ahead on their own (when I was too slow for them!). Where I live I often see mums out with prams, strollers, bikes, scooters and even walking with the dog as well. 

Give your mood a boost

Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine will also make you feel so much better.

We all need a certain amount of Vitamin D and if you or your family have had any coughs and colds, then breathing in that fresh air is a great way to blow away all those nasty germs.

Sometimes new mums and stay-at-home parents struggle to adjust to ‘home life’, and can get a bit depressed staying at home and not interacting with other adults as often as they used to.

Getting outside and moving can have the amazing benefit of helping to boost your mood and motivation levels. If this is something you struggle with, then get outdoors and watch your mood start to rise.

Finding time to walk

If you struggle to fit the time in, here are some ideas to fit a bit of walking into your day:

  • Walk your kids to and from school
  • Instead of coffee, go for a walk with friends or other mums with young children (energy from exercise is way more beneficial than the boost – and crash – from caffeine)
  • When dad gets home, go for a fifteen minute walk with your whole family and catch up on the day

As I mentioned, there is always a lot to look at and this can be a great time to chat with your toddler and young children.  They’ll get to explore and ask lots of questions about the world around them, or maybe even chat about their day at school.

Walking is a much better way to interact with your children than watching a DVD or playing on an iPad (or something similar).

Also, getting outdoors will help to use up some of that boundless energy kids seem to have, and you’ll likely see them having better sleep as a result.

It’s time to start!

Even though my children have all grown and I’m now a very proud grandmother, I still go out walking to boost my energy levels. And now one of my favourite things to do is take my grandson for a walk through the park in his pram.

If you’re ready to give it a go, aim for at least ten minutes a day.

You’ll get the most benefit if you can aim for closer to 30 minutes, but no matter what you can fit in, you’ll really start to feel the benefits.

Give it a go, I know you and your family will feel better. Most importantly, you’ll start to have loads more energy to get through your day!

So now it’s your turn – tell me, what are you going to try? Where are you going to fit in your 15-30 minutes, and will you commit to getting a small walk in most days?

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  • A bit of fresh air always does the trick.


  • I walk the dog for an hour a day. Jog for half an hour, yoga fir half an hour, WII workout for half an hour, half an hour doing step ups and another 20 minute walk for the older dog. Not everything every day, the dog walks and step ups are every day, I mix the others up so I don’t get bored


  • some great tips…thanks for sharing!!


  • I used to deliver “:JUNK”mail – pushing one child and the other happily putting the papers in the mail boxes, – it was a great way to exercise, kept the toddler busy, and we got to meet all kinds of people on our travels. and I made much needed money !


  • I walk every say and do yoga, it really helps to clear the mind and helps your soul


  • Great article – I have proved it to be true so many times. I will be feeling so tired but push myself to do just a 15min walk around our neighbourhood block and feel great 5mins after the walk :-)


  • The ultimate conundrum – wait for the energy to walk or walk for the energy :)


  • yes I agree and I find it also lifts my mood


  • Thanks for sharing this good article with lots of good tips. Whenever I need a boost, I get out and go for a walk. It is good for clearing the head, re-energising and good for health too; so win, win & win!

    • I”m glad you liked the article. It’s amazing how getting out for a walk can clear your head and make you feel so much better.


  • I definitely need to fit in going for a walk more often


  • I encourage our coffee club Mum’s to meet and walk to a favourite cafe and back. We love getting out doors now and look for many other cafe’s to walk to and we are waling further and further these days. We do comment that we all sleep well on these days.

    • That sounds like a lot of fun, coffee with friends and walking.


  • I love putting bubs in the pram and going for a walk, makes you appreciate nature and all that you have. Gives you energy and a clear mind.

    • Hi Jabelle, It’s great to exercise out in nature. Well done.


  • My doggy is always keen for a walk, so she’s a definite motivation.


  • Igo walking when my little one is at preschool after my weights at the gym instead of the tread mill and around the farm at home

    • That’s great, especially that you’ve found a way to fit in exercise around your little one. Keep up the good work!


  • Sounds inspiring, thank you.


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