A deskbound lifestyle makes it hard for you to conceive, according to research.
Fertility experts always advice couples trying to conceive to eat right and exercise properly. Research has shown that women with a sedentary lifestyle find it more difficult to conceive.
The excess fat percentage in the body is linked with insulin resistance and this causes the hormones to become erratic. All of this increases the risk of miscarriage and pre-term birth.
Additionally, lack of movement and activity is connected to excess weight and hormonal imbalance.
Dr Anagha Karkhanis, Director of Cocoon Fertility said:
“It is easy to preach about increasing physical activity and achieving fat loss. A well-meaning advice such as this which need not stress out someone who has a sedentary lifestyle. The aim is to increase overall activity with the help of gentle workout and adjustment to physical movement.”
A perfect workout routine
Physical exercise doesn’t necessarily mean sudden strenuous workouts. Long walks, gentle hikes, leisurely swims, taking the stairs instead of the lift, bicycling etc are some of the simple fun ways of getting into an active life. Include the following workouts in your fitness routine
- Moderate cardio like walking, jogging, aerobics– Exercise enough to sweat a bit and get your heart rate up but do not overdo it or exhaust your body. 30 minutes of this a day is all that is required.
- Strength Training –This is great for building up stamina and strength. This form of exercise is great to reduce insulin resistance. “3 to 4 days a week is usually enough. Avoid overdoing weight training because it may increase androgen levels and in fact may be counterproductive,” added Dr Karkhanis.
- Yoga and Pilates- These exercises help to relax and de-stress the body. They are both good for core muscle strengthening. There is a specific form of fertility yoga that is currently very popular.
- Stretching and flexibility– Exercise train and mould your body to adapt for 9 months of pregnancy, labour and delivery.
What happens when you overdo it?
Extremely athletic women have lower levels of body fat overall, menstrual cycle disturbances and irregular ovulation and hence decrease fertility.
However, dangerous exercise is bad. Research has revealed that women who exercised everyday and exhausted themselves had increased risk of infertility.
This is due to increase in cortisol levels and reduced thyroid hormone activity,” she added. However, infertility caused by high-intensity exercise and stress is reversible by reducing activity and increasing body fat, concluded Dr Karkhanis.
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