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How Exercise Can Affect Your Fertility - What's the Right Amount?

Regular exercise has a significant impact on a person’s overall health and their ability to reach and maintain a healthy weight.  Furthermore, exercising regularly is a key way to manage stress, especially during fertility training.  If all of this is true, then why are some women told that their amount of exercise and fertility issues are related? 

Exercise and Fertility 


Exercise is critical to your overall health.  Getting just 30 minutes of exercise a day can substantially improve your reproductive and overall health.  However, some athletes or those with extreme workout schedules may find that their workout routines are interfering with their ability to become pregnant. 

Low intensity exercising like cycling and walking are believed to be beneficial to everyone, as long as the exercising is limited to 30 to 60 minutes per day. How exercise impacts your body and fertility depends on your body type and the intensity of your workout.  High impact, intense workout regimes for more than five hours a week can decrease the fertility of women who are underweight.  This is especially true for athletes, such as dancers and gymnasts.  This same type of exercise does not have the same impact on women who are obese or overweight, and can actually improve fertility due to weight loss.  

Planning Your Exercise 

The everyday workout routines of most people are not impacting their fertility.  However, you may want to delay running that marathon until after your baby arrives.  If you are an athlete and your periods are irregular or have stopped completely, you should consider cutting back on your exercise schedule.  Speaking with your doctor or fertility team about your workout frequency and duration can also provide personalized advice about how your exercise and fertility are related.  

To receive additional information on your fertility and if exercise may be impacting your ability to conceive, contact the fertility experts at New Hope Fertility Center.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.



Topics: Fertility, health tips, exercise, fitness

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