Exercise and physical activity during your fertility journey: what can you do and what should you avoid?
Research seems to show an association between weight and fertility. That can be due to several reasons:
Let’s look at the data of different studies:
The NHS takes into consideration the results of these studies and recommends that maintaining an optimum weight is good for fertility. Moderate exercising (rather than excessive, exhausting workouts) is also likely to be the most appropriate type of activity. Combined with a healthy diet, you’ll be in the right path!
What is your fertility zone for weight?
Alongside healthy nutrition and hydration, physical activity will help you move towards your fertility zone for weight. The best range for fertility is a body-mass index (BMI) of 20 to 24.
Infertility is least common in women with BMI’s of 20-24.
For women and men who struggle with being overweight, research indicates that a weight loss of as little as 5%-10% of current weight can dramatically improve ovulation and pregnancy rates.
Research shows that exercise also has an effect on quality of life and emotional well-being!
Physical activity that you can engage in is for example:
Physical activity that you should avoid:
For women going through medical fertility treatments, doctors often suggest that their patients avoid exercise. Light exercise and keeping active is always beneficial though.
So if you are receiving treatment by a fertility doctor, clarify with him/her what exercise you should avoid.
If you need support of a coach to make changes in your physical activity or diet habits, you can book a free consultation here.
You can also learn more other things you can do to improve the quality of your eggs and sperm. Don’t miss the opportunity and get advice from our specialist nurse here.
Fertility Nurse | NLP Coach of 2017 | TEDX Speaker