Learn how exercising and fertility are connected.
Exercising is important to your body, health and fertility in many ways.
I’ve broken down the cycle in the different parts and have discussed ideas that might benefit your body best during each of them.
Finding the exercises that will boost your fertility and help your overall health will provide benefits for a long time to come.
Updated on 6-30-19
How exercise and fertility are connected
Menses Portion Cycle
During the menses part of your cycle, when you’re on your period, you should try calming and stress releasing exercises.
Okay, seriously, who wants to work out while you’re on your period? I sure as heck don’t want to.
So calming, relaxing, de-stressing exercises sounds like the most work I want to do.
Yoga, walking and stretching can help decrease the pain caused by cramping and other menstrual cycle symptoms. These types of exercises can also boost your mood, which we all know can decrease greatly during this time of the month.
Pilates can be good during this time of the month as well. Try having an evening cup of calming decaf tea to help soothe those nerves, relax your mind and ease into the evening.
During the follicular phase, you’ll notice an increase in energy levels.
Theoretically, this is the time of the month once you finish your period up until ovulation day.
This is when you’ll see your estrogen levels increase as well.
As your energy levels increase, now would be a great time for cardio but make sure to stretch first to lower the chances of injuries.
Cardio will get the heart beat up. It’s a great way to relieve stress and very good for your metabolism.
Get your anxiety out by heading outside for a nice power walk, jog or run.
Ovulation (Go Time)
During ovulation, when the egg is theoretically released from your ovary, you may notice that your body is feeling a little off.
Take the queues from your body- you may just need a rest day from physical activity.
Your hormones have been going crazy so give your body the day off that it’s craving.
You’ll be burning some calories in the bedroom later anyway, wink wink. You’ve earned a day of relaxation and recovery as far as exercising purposes go.
Finally, during the luteal phase, you’ll notice that your body temperature may slightly increase, making long workouts seem near impossible.
This is the time you may hear referred to as “the two week wait”.
It’s the time you wait from actual ovulation, to conception and hopefully, implantation.
Is it hot in here or is it just me?
Instead of long winded cardio workouts like you’d do during the follicular phase, you should try interval training which will be great for those days where you’re experiencing an increase in energy still but can’t seem to make it through those hour long exercise routines.
As always read your body, if you can’t power through you’re scheduled work out- don’t.
Don’t over exert yourself and wind up with an injury.
Final Thoughts on exercise and fertility
As you can see your body responds differently during the different phases of your cycle.
Exercising is great for your overall health and is one of the factors that will help boost your fertility.
Exercise isn’t the only thing that helps your fertility and health. What you fuel your body with impacts your body too. Many kinds of food help boost your fertility too.
Let me know what exercises you like to do during the different parts of the month. I’m always up for new ideas.
Disclaimer: These are just suggestions. I’m not a doctor or a practicing personal trainer. Always consult your physician before starting a new workout plan.