Relationship Between Exercise and Fertility
- Published on October 10, 2022
“It is health that is wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
Exercise is the key to a healthy life. It not only helps in weight loss but also elevates mood, reduces chances of getting minimal disorders, improves immunity, etc. Nevertheless, during the time of your middle age, fertility issue becomes complex and needs attention. According to fertility experts, the most given advice is to simply improve your lifestyle and most important diet.
Fertility and exercise have a vital relationship and go hand in hand. If the body is healthy, it boosts fertility and increases the chances of conception. Mild to moderate exercise maintain regular weight, keep hormones balanced, and also reduces the risks of health-related problems. According to renowned organizations’ reports, including World Health Organization (WHO), BMI should be standard as being overweight or underweight can result in infertility disorders.
Most common infertility disorders in men and women are diagnosed because of an unhealthy lifestyle. For instance, in women, PCOS, irregular menstrual cycles, hormone imbalance, and reduced ovulation. Whereas, on the other hand, in men, erectile dysfunction, low motility sperm, increased temperature in the scrotal area, etc. However, exercise helps in combating all these mentioned risks that make pregnancy difficult and impact the nature of fertility.
Exercises that Help Boost Fertility
There are number of exercises that can help you minimize the risks of infertility disorders. Some of them can really help improve fertility in both males and females. A few of the fertility exercises are-
Walking– It is advised by fertility experts to add at least 30 minutes of walking to your daily routine. This is one of the safest exercises one can do without putting a lot of effort. Regular walking improves blood circulation in the body and uplifts mood while reducing stress.
Bicycling– This is an easy exercise to keep yourself healthy. Maintain your routine of bicycling daily for 15-20 minutes. This helps in maintaining cardiovascular fitness, it even increases the strength and flexibility in the body. Also, regular bicycling can reduce body fat levels.
Swimming– If not regular, one can do swimming thrice or four times a week. Swimming aims to reduce the body’s stress level and also maintain regular body weight. It is a kind of all-over body workout that increases muscular strength.
Yoga– It is the best yet the minimal form of exercise. There are different types of yoga asanas that can boost fertility very well. A few of the asanas that can improve as well increase fertility are Paschimottanasana, Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani, Bhramari Pranayama, and Bhujangasana.
Exercises that have a Negative Impact on Fertility
The exercises mentioned above are minimal and need mild to moderate strength. However, there are a few types of exercises that need full body strength and may impact fertility negative rather than help it boost. Some of the exercises one should avoid if they are facing fertility issues and trying to conceive-
Heavy weights- Doing heavy weights training demands an excessive level of body strength. The excessive pressure on the pelvic area while doing such exercise can reduce the positive chances of conception and may also decrease the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF and IUI.
CrossFit- According to some studies, it is stated that CrossFit has more risks compared to heavy weightlifting exercises. At times, people push their physical limits and end up getting hurt. The loss of control causes damage to the body and may lead to minor to severe infertility issues.
Strenuous Activities- In most cases, strenuous activities put excess pressure especially on to lower body causing damage to fertility organs. However, it is always suggested to avoid such activities if you are planning a conception or undergoing fertility treatment.
The above information gives a brief understanding of the relationship between exercise and fertility. It is always suggested by doctors to follow healthy practices to maintain a good lifestyle in order to improve immunity. The mentioned exercises such as walking, bicycling, yoga, and swimming are some minimal exercises to help achieve regular body weight. In addition, a healthy lifestyle keeps hormones in check and balanced. In some cases, advised exercises do not show effective results to boost fertility. To fix the infertility disorder and to make parenthood possible for some, fertility experts recommend Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). IVF and IUI are the two most performed advanced fertility treatments and have a higher success rate. If you are looking to fulfil the dream of parenthood, feel free to book an appointment with our best fertility expert in the city. You can either call us on the given number or fill out the form with the required details to book a free consultation.
Dr Shreya Gupta
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