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HOW STRENGTH TRAINING AFFECTS FERTILITY

Muscles training is a healthy fitness regimen that’s popularly taken off in recent years. This form of workout uses resistance to tone muscles and boost strength and endurance. However, if you add weight training to your fitness schedule, you may need to rethink if you can continue your workout while trying to conceive or if this form of fitness training could lead to fertility problems.



WORKING OUT WHILE TRYING TO CONCEIVE

So the common rule of thumb when it comes to exercise and your fertility is this: If you were regularly working out before, you may continue to do so. If you start a new fitness routine or haven’t worked out prior to trying to conceive, discuss your plans with your doctor.

While fitness is excellent for the overall wellness of mind and body, Your doctor may recommend that you go easy with some workout routines while undergoing fertility treatment. Depending on the amount of time you spend on your fitness training and whether your workout involves any heavy lifting your fitness routine may adversely impact your ability to conceive.


HOW STRENGTH TRAINING HELPS YOU ON YOUR FERTILITY JOURNEY

A regular practice of moderate exercise (no more than five hours per week) is actually just what the doctor ordered when it comes to overall wellness. Maintaining your health throughout your fertility journey is highly important. In fact, moderate exercise, along with a healthy diet actually, in some cases, improves your ability to become pregnant.


Not only that, but moderate exercise also:

  • Reduces the risks for pregnancy-threatening conditions such as eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

  • Helps you maintain your healthy BMI or weight your physician approves.

  • Tones your muscles and improves bone strength which aid in a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

  • helps you decrease your risk for depression and anxiety by providing a healthy outlet for stress.


And to add to the benefits of exercise, weight training itself certainly offers many additional benefits:

  • Fitness training improves how well your body burns calories (metabolic efficiency).

  • Improves your balance, which is very important as your pregnancy grows.

  • Promotes more flexibility and mobility.

  • Improves your confidence which may take a beating when dealing with infertility.

  • Targets abdominal fat, a big risk for many chronic diseases.

  • Builds strength and endurance, a great benefit not only for pregnancy and delivery but for the rest of your life.


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