Fitness For Fertility

It’s something that’s not talked about anywhere near often enough in fitness circles, or indeed in society as a whole. Female fertility is a contentious issue for thousands of women at any given time. Once a couple decide to start trying, they’re face with the reality that it’s likely to either happen very quickly, or could become a long term project. Conception has no hard and fast rules, some very overweight and unfit couples with extremely unhealthy lifestyles fall pregnant immediately, and even by accident. Conversely, some of the fittest people I know have got together and when they decide to start a family, nothing happens.

All of that said, while it can be a lottery, there are certainly trends. Before you start thinking about any assistance or intervention with getting pregnant, it’s important to understand that fitter people generally have less problems when it comes to having children. It’s not entirely down to the girls either, studies have suggested that healthier men have better sperm counts and even sperm quality. That said, there’s limited research into the chances of abnormalities linked to unfit parents, with the exception of heavy smokers. The reason we bring that up, is some people have been known to avoid trying until they’re fitter, whereas there’s no solid evidence to suggest that will make much of a difference to the health of a baby.

Therefore, this page is more aimed towards those that are not finding that the pregnancy test is giving the result they’re hoping for, and a quick reminder that among the stress of trying to conceive, a little time at the gym might pay dividends. Losing a little weight and improving fitness has been an effective solution for thousands of parents across the country, as you can learn from countless studies, on websites like this one.

As we all know, studies are all well and good, but they generally deal in nothing more than averages, and who wants to be an average? While here at Hornchurch, we tend to talk a lot about the type of exercise equipment like cross trainer machines and how to use them to improve your fitness in the quickest and most effective manner. During pregnancy, most doctors will agree that aggressive fitness campaigns aren’t a good plan. Yes, some women run marathons in their third trimester, but they’re probably not running competitively for the first time. The same applies to falling pregnant, you’re trying to get into better shape – not become a world class athlete. Let’s be clear, walking a mile every day is going to have an effect, so if that’s all you can manage, it’s better than doing nothing at all. You can do that in a number of ways, one of the easiest being to get off the bus a bit earlier and to walk the final stretch. If you’re really unfit, to it on the way home, not on the way to work, as you don’t want to be a sitting sweat-ball all day!

To summarise, a gentle entry into getting fit is what’s needed, and while there’s no guarantee that you’ll be expecting within the next few weeks, but it does provide two clear advantages that can help you along the way. First, the obvious one, you’re going to have a healthier body that’s more able to do the tasks it was designed for – in this case, make a home for a foetus to develop into a baby. Secondly, fitter people tend to be less stressed, and if you can relax more, it stands to reason that you’ll be having fun with your partner as you try to start a family, rather than focus on the mechanics of the ‘mission’!