Moderate Exercise May Help Increase Fertility Rate in Women

If you’re trying to get pregnant, adding a brisk walk to your daily routine may help — but you may want to hold off training for that marathon.

Moderate physical activity was found to benefit women of all body types in a new study examining the impact of exercise on fertility, while intense exercise appeared to increase the time to conception for normal weight, but not overweight, women. The more vigorous the exercise that normal-weight women engaged in, the lower their probability for conception.

Running, aerobics, gymnastics, swimming, and intense bicycling were considered vigorous exercise, while brisk walking, leisurely cycling, golfing, and gardening were considered moderate exercise.

Vigorous exercise did not appear to delay conception times in women who were overweight or obese. Engaging in five or more hours of vigorous exercise a week reduced the likelihood of getting pregnant in a given month by almost half, among women who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for several months before entering the study. Moderate exercise for any length of time was associated with small decreases in time to pregnancy for women of all body types.

“The take-home message for overweight and obese women is that any exercise seems better than none,” Wise tells WebMD. “Being overweight is a risk factor for infertility, and these findings suggest that exercise may improve fertility in these women.”

Source: Web MD

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