The Importance of Exercise

One aspect of health we tend to want to overlook is exercise. It’s hard to get up and get moving more, it’s hard to overcome body image issues and get to a gym, and it’s even harder to get your booty off the couch and pop in a dvd when it’s just soooo comfy.

Exercise is important to our fertility and not only in the aspect of weight-loss. Getting our bodies moving helps increase blood flow not only to extremities, but also to organs. Even to the organs most specific to reproduction. It also cause us to sweat, thereby helping our bodies release any excess toxins (environmental, old hormones, etc) by elimination through the skin.

So how do we exercise?

To much and it can put a damper on our fertility by causing our bodies physical stress.

To little and we have problems as well.

5 Fertility Enhancing Exercises

  • Increase your overall activity – this allows your body to work out in a gentle way, yet causes no shock to it. A perfect way to begin getting yourself moving when you’ve been inactive for so long. You can begin increasing overall activity by simply walking just a bit further when you park at work or the store, going on hikes with your spouse, going bowling (ever been sore the day after?!), riding bikes, parking a bit further from the stores, using the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
  • Moderate Cardio (walking, jogging, aerobics) – making sure you do not overexercise and do what feels comfortable. (Though it is called a workout, so mild discomfort may be necessary!) Cardio also helps increase blood flow to the body, which is essential for reproductive health.
  • Strength Training – allows your body to increase muscle mass thereby supporting your reproductive organs and increasing stamina and strength.
  • Yoga and pilates – both very gentle forms of exercise that help strengthen your core muscles and increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. Also very relaxing and great for slowing down, de-stressing, and becoming in tune with how your body feels and moves.
  • Stretching and flexibility – it’s very important to allow your muscles to stretch before and after a workout to help prevent injury. It helps your muscles release certain natural chemical properties that contribute to muscle pain. This also allows your body to better mold itself during pregnancy and assists in labor and delivery.

How do you remain active? Have you made a conscience effort to move to enhance your fertility or overall health?

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. You keep talking directly to me, don’t you? :) This is a difficult part for me, since I am soooo self conscious, even in front of my hubby and kids, so working out at home is hard. But, I know I feel so much better when I exercise, I just gotta “get over it”

  2. My husband and I just completed the test group for Fit Marriage’s new Thrive90 program. It got us working out together and we were able to gradually work up to a great workout. It had lots of variety throughout the week and I’m noticeably more fit and lost some weight. http://www.fitmarriage.com. Naturally, the hardest part was deciding to exercise. I finally got tired enough of “oh, when’s your baby due.”

  3. It’s so easy to talk about natural, healthy eating and all, but getting myself to move… that’s another story! =-) It’s been hard after my recent c-section, but I decided God gave me nearby parks and malls for a reason – to get my rear in gear! Thanks for this post!

  4. Danielle A says:

    I was thinking about doing interval training for exercise so I could tone up and lose weight at the same time. I was wondering will high intensity hinder my fertility? Or not, as long as my body fat stays optimal? ^^:

    donielle Reply:

    @Danielle A, I think it depends on each persons body chemistry. Some people already have problems with their adrenal glands and a high intensity workout may upset the balance even further. People who don’t have those issues would probably be fine as long as the high intensity wasn’t for a prolonged period of time.

    So, it’s all about knowing your body! If you begin a training regimen like this and notice your cycle changing for the worse, it’ll be best to back off a bit.

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