Even if you’re not thinking of getting pregnant right away (wedding dress shopping is more fun, right?), this fertility exercise is free, backed by science, and great for couples. You’ll probably be doing it on the beach on your honeymoon, too. Can you guess what it is? Get your mind out of the gutter — it’s walking!
Results of a recent study to better understand factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child suggest that walking may help women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.
“Walking is a great tool to strengthen muscles, fight obesity, and decrease stress,” explains reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Boston IVF and instructor at Harvard Medical School, Nina Resetkova. “A moderate level of exercise is important for all women, and optimizing health leading up to pregnancy can help maintain healthy habits through pregnancy, which can improve pregnancy outcomes related to blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Walking can be especially helpful for women who do not have a regular exercise regiment prior to pregnancy to maintain normal levels of insulin, what can influence the chances of getting pregnant.”
“Walking with a partner can help keep you accountable and keep it fun!” This is almost as encouraging as the time we found out the polyphenols in wine help improve our kissing efforts.
Christine Sterling, a San Diego-based OBGYN, suspects the benefits of walking, possibly the most easily achieved fertility exercise of all time, aren’t all about weight loss and bonding, though.
“It is thought that walking may relieve stress and decrease inflammation,” she explains, which isn’t surprising, given that PCOS, endometriosis, and other fertility-related female health disorders are connected to chronic inflammation. “My suggestion for women based on this study and my experience would be to incorporate walking for 10 or more minutes into their routine several days a week and use it as a time to relax and de-stress.”
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