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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