Exercising regularly is very important whilst trying to conceive, although you must also be mindful that too much or too little exercise can make it harder to conceive. We believe in moderate, focused, gentle, regular exercise to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle.
If you have concerns about how to follow a safe program, speak to qualified pre and post natal personal trainers as well as medical professionals. Our medical team is always on hand to answer any questions you may have, so please get in touch.
Unfortunately, there are never guarantees that you will fall pregnant easily. But just know, that wherever your fertility journey goes, your body will be stronger and fitter to handle whatever happens, and one thing that is great, is that exercise becomes your therapy.
Here are our five favourite fertility fitness tips created with you in mind:
Tip 1: Don’t Delay!
Exercising before you are pregnant will help you feel good throughout your pregnancy, have more stamina for labour and delivery, and will assist with shedding baby weight faster.
Training can improve your fertility if you’re struggling to conceive.
Tip 2: Get Creative With Your Workout Plans:
We all know that exercise is excellent for you, but did you know, that high intensity workouts may actually alter hormonal balance, disrupt ovulation and alter the entire menstrual cycle.
Similarly, leading a sedentary lifestyle can also be detrimental to fertility, so balance is key. An idea of a great workout focused on fitness for fertility is:
Day 1: Full Body Circuit Training (20-40 mins)
Day 2: Yoga (1 – 1.5 hours)
Day 3: Cardio LIT (Low Intensity Training – so slow and steady) & Abs (45mins)
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Upper Body Circuit Training (1 hour)
Day 6: Lower Body Circuit Training (1 hour)
Day 7: Get outside for a walk or easy hike
Tip 3: Ditch The Scale
The worst thing you can do is obsess about your weight and that pesky bathroom scale! Struggling to conceive can be a very stressful situation for many as it is, so the last thing you should be berating yourself about is your weight. Allow your body to adjust to any changes slowly. Starting anything new takes time, so be kind to yourself, be kind to your body and chuck away that scale!
Tip 4: Go For A Run
Running is a great way to de-stress, and to clear your mind. It is also a great way to keep fertility fit! However, it is important to stress here that while trying to fall pregnant, women should focus on light to moderate exercises with an easy jogging program. Avoid all high intensity training/runs whilst working on your fertility.
Get your partner involved in your fitness regime too – men who are healthy and who exercise regularly can maintain a healthy sperm count.
Tip 5: Find Your Zen
Getting outside promotes healthy lungs, relieves stress and rids your mind and body of anxiety.
Oxygen affects your serotonin levels (happy hormones) and therefore really increases your levels of happiness and relaxation.
Find popular hiking trails, forest walks and local beaches near and take a walk, clear your head, and breathe in happy thoughts!
Another great way to get your Zen on, is to sign up to a yoga studio near you. Research shows that yoga helps promote relaxation and reduces anxiety, stress, depression.
Fertility Yoga can enhance the self-regulation of hormonal imbalances, increase circulation and stimulation of both female and male reproductive organs.
To learn more about Yin & Fertility Yoga, make sure to check in monthly for the incredible articles written by our Yin & Fertility Yogi, Leigh Coffey.
Love EDSA x