Should I limit the exercise that I do?
I’m wondering if I should limit the exercise that I do? I’m having IUI in a week. I do crossfit three to four times a week.
A: If Crossfit is something that you do all the time, provided it’s not pushing you too far from your comfort zone and you’re used to the kind of pace/intensity of the workout, then by all means you’re okay to continue.
If you are into exercise and you’re fit and it’s something that you’re already do – I wouldn’t recommend that you start crossfit now – if you already do crossfit, go ahead and keep doing what you do.
The evidence in favour of regular exercise is conclusive from improved brain function and circulation to hormonal and blood sugar regulation, detoxification, and so much more! Some very recent research even goes so far as to show Preconception diet or exercise interventions in obese fathers normalizes sperm DNA and improves the health of the offspring. On the other hand, too much exercise has also been shown to contribute to reproductive abnormalities and infertility in men and women.
The key? It’s a middle ground.
If you are a couch potato, you need to change that. If you are an athlete you may need to adjust or even severely reduce your training and maybe even increase your body fat percentage. The optimum recommendation in regards to exercise for peak health and fertility is 60- 90 minutes of moderate exercise 5-7 days per week, where moderate, essentially signifies 65-85% intensity of exertion.
And not that I would actually recommend a marathon at any point during the preconception preparation period or conception attempt stage, anyway. In essence, pace yourself, build up your ability and fitness slowly but definitely work at it daily or at the very minimum at least 4-5 times per week. For more information about all the physical requirements of boosting your fertility, I recommend joining the #FertilityChallenge, an education and activity series designed to help you make better, more informed choices.