In a previous post I outlined the major messages from The Fertility Diet (click here if you missed it.) One of the tips to boost fertility was to find balance in our physical activity levels. Too little activity as well as too much exercise can hurt our chances of getting pregnant.
If you do a search for articles about exercise and fertility you are likely to find plenty of articles pointing to the dangers of intense activity to a woman's health, menstruation, and ability to conceive. Not nearly as much about the equally deleterious (and likely, far more common) effects of inactivity can be found. Without question too much exercise is not a good idea if it results in exhaustion, fatigue, and such low body fat percentages that your period comes to a halt.
Let's be honest, for most folks, this isn't a problem. Most of us could use a bit more movement. A sedentary lifestyle has become the norm.
Now, if you are anything like me, especially in the winter, you have very little desire to trek to the gym to run in place (or bike in place or climb stairs in place or ski in place or row in place...) and lift weights. Don't get me wrong, I love being active and have been active since I was a little girl, I just need it to be interesting, dynamic, and well, non-stationary. *Cue the heavenly skies opening and the ethereal music.* From the sky falls yoga mats, ballet barres, dance shoes of all kinds, and aerial hoops. Anything dance, circus, or gymnastics related will get me out the door.
Regular physical activity is super important for maintaining your health, fertility, and a peaceful mind. Find a way, any way to get excited about moving more. If you love to hike then hike. If biking is more your thing, then strap on that helmet and get going. Maybe you have always wanted to try belly dance, if so get out there and shimmy those hips. Whatever it is that gets you moving, just do it.
How do you keep fitness fun?