Making babies sounds like an easy enough proposition. People have been doing it for time immemorial and it’s not exactly like the methodology is any big secret. And yet, plenty of couples that should seemingly be able to conceive face an uphill battle when it comes to putting a bun in the oven. If you happen to be appropriately aged and actively pursuing progeny then you may be stumped as to why you’re having problems, especially if both would-be parents are in relatively good health and there doesn’t seem to be any medical issues barring the way. So what could it be? In truth, there could be any number of factors at play, but most people don’t realize that exercise, or a lack thereof, could be the main culprit. Here are just a few ways that your sedentary lifestyle, or alternately, an overly active one, could play a role in your ability to conceive.
How Exercise Affects Fertility
The exercise issue can go one of two ways. As you may have guessed, your weight can play a decided role in your ability to conceive. Even twenty extra pounds on your frame could be enough to throw your bodily systems out of whack, making it harder to conceive. Many women who are overweight have found that opting for a healthier diet and adding exercise to the mix in order to shed a few pounds results in conception in short order. Of course, you might want to talk to your doctor before you go pinning all of your hopes on this solution. It won’t cure endometriosis, a tipped uterus, or other medical issues that can impede conception. But lacking any other obvious problems, weight could certainly be a factor.
What do When Weight is the Culprit?
In this case you’ll likely want to incorporate some cardio into your routine. Most experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense cardiopulmonary exercise 3-4 times a week for weight loss, although you may opt to include more. And you might as well drag your partner along with you. In case you didn’t know, men can have the same (ahem) failures when it comes to conception if they carry some extra weight. Of course, you don’t want to overdo it. An abundance of vigorous exercise could also be to blame for fertility woes.
Although you may hop on the stationary bike or hit the Zumba class for 90 minutes each day and come out feeling amazing, pushing your body to extremes can have the unintended effect of lowering your chances of conceiving. Consider that your exercise routine is sort of like a pendulum. Swing too far one way or the other and you’ll push your body into a zone where fertility rates start to drop. For this reason, a moderate level of exercise is needed to ensure a fertile future.
Conception can be a difficult process, especially with stressful jobs, terrible diets, and all the other hassles of modern life weighing heavily on your shoulders. But tweaking your health and fitness habits just a bit can help your body to prepare for the stresses of pregnancy with optimal physical conditions. So get your partner on board with a workout routine that works for both of you and you could soon find that your fertility nightmare is nothing but a distant memory.