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Exercise daily and enhance your fertility


Conception is a mysterious thing for many couples. When trying to start a family, it may seem that absolutely everything affects a woman's chances of becoming pregnant. It is easy to get lost in the many myths and disinformation that abounds in books and on the internet. Time of day, food, sexual positions and lifestyle are just some of the elements that are believed to be connected to successful conception. With these many variables, it is logical that a woman who is very physically active may wonder if her exercise routine is affecting her fertility. She can be comforted knowing that a regular exercise routine can actually help her to conceive rather than hinder.

If you have not been exercising prior to trying to conceive, it is best to begin slowly and only after getting clearance from your doctor. Start with the goal of getting thirty minutes of exercise at least three times a week. When choosing the type of exercise, be sure to try something you are interested in. Too many people join gyms only to find that running on treadmills is a bit too hamsterish for their taste or lifting weights is simply too dull. These people might be better suited to yoga, dancing or outside activities like hiking or jogging. Which ever you choose, it's important to enjoy what you're doing in order to stay motivated. Ideally, you should work towards increasing your weekly exercise and if you don't enjoy your chosen activity, five times a week will be torturous.

Stretching is imperative. Doctors have discovered that the body heals almost twice a fast from injury if it is flexible. Although pregnancy can hardly be considered an injury as it is one of the most natural things a woman's body can do, the physical stress is enormous. As you prepare to conceive through exercise, be sure to include regular stretching into your program. Yoga is an excellent way to increase your flexibility as well as relax the mind and it can be continued up to birth and beyond.

Studies show that being even mildly overweight can make conception difficult. A woman's hormones can become imbalanced due to carrying excess weight and as a result, her ovulation cycle becomes irregular. When you are trying to conceive, consult a body mass index chart to be sure you are within a healthy weight range for your height. If you find you are above what is considered ideal, make an appointment with your family doctor to discuss beginning a healthy diet and exercise program. Avoid fad diets as you are not looking for a quick fix to your weight problems. Although your progress may be slower, working with your doctor to make healthy life style changes will ensure safer, permanent results.

 


 
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