Exercise to get pregnant?

Are there even more health benefits to exercise than previously thought?


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Does your daily exercise routine include Rocky-style runs? Lance Armstrong-length bike rides? Or Michael Phelps-like laps? While starting an exercise routine and being active is almost always a positive move (exercise, after all, plays a huge role in overall health and wellness) and can help prepare your body for conception and pregnancy, there is an exception: Too much of a good thing can be, well, too much for your body when you're trying to conceive.

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Vigorous activity may be linked to improved chance of pregnancy

"Just 4 hours of vigorous exercise each week can boost a woman's chances of getting pregnant," reports the Mail Online.

A study of 1,214 women, who had previously had 1 or 2 miscarriages, found they were more likely to get pregnant during a 6-month period if they did more than 4 hours of vigorous physical activity a week.

Vigorous activity makes you breathe much harder and faster than normal. Examples include jogging or running, football and aerobics.

However, the study did not find an effect for any other activity level, such as low or moderate exercise.

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Walking for ten minutes-a-day improves chances of getting pregnant

Just 4 hours of vigorous exercise each week can boost a woman's chances of getting pregnant (and for overweight women a 10 minute walk is all that's needed!)

  • The study was conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Walking with the ability to become pregnant is known as fecundability

  • Women who vigorously exercise for more than four hours a week can boost their pregnancy chances, but researchers are unsure as to why that is the case

Women wanting to start a family should take part in four hours of vigorous exercise each week, a new study suggests.

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