Get your pulse racing
We’ve spoken before about how to cycle sync your workouts, but how does this differ for those trying to conceive? Again, staying physically healthy is important regardless of your fertility goals, but here is why staying strong and healthy when trying to conceive is important.
Keeping stress and anxiety at a minimum is key, particularly if you’re wanting to conceive. Exercise which increases your heart rate and gets your blood pumping will ensure you release endorphins and increase serotonin and dopamine when you need it most7.
You’re preparing for one of the biggest physical activities of your life! Give your body the best chance of recovering quicker by ensuring you’re building lean muscle and flexibility. It doesn’t have to be training for Iron Man, it could be walking 10k a day with your dog or weekly yoga classes, whatever your exercise choice, ensuring you’re raising your heart rate and building muscle will only serve you well when embarking on your fertility journey. Remember speak with your GP if you haven’t exercised for a while8.
Research has shown, eating as close to nature as we can, so as organic and unprocessed as possible, and ensuring a high-protein, nutrient dense diet can improve everything from bone density, organ function to muscle repair and mental health5. Fertility specific foods and supplements have been thought to include, folic acid, vitamin B, C, D & E, Iron and Zinc – all of which can be found in food and (if you need an extra boost) supplements6. For vitamin B think dairy, eggs, fish and leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach. For C think citrus fruits, tomatoes and broccoli. Whilst vitamin D you can find in fish and dairy and E in almonds, peanuts and peppers. Always consult your GP when adding supplements to your routine to see if it interacts with any current medications.