In general terms, physical activity positively impacts health: it reduces cardiovascular and type II diabetes risks, contributes to a healthy weight and stronger muscles and bones, improves cholesterol levels, and does wonders for mental health.

We all know that a sedentary lifestyle leads to aches and weakness and a higher risk of many conditions. Human beings are not designed to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours and then sit on a couch for the remaining 4.

There are no rules, though, whatever form of movement you enjoy works, from HIIT to yoga, boxing, running, pilates, team sports, dancing or just walking, our bodies are meant to move!

At least 30-45 minutes of movement or exercise each day is recommended. Not over-exercising, of course, but keeping it moderate or occasionally intense will grant you a better quality of life.

Physical Activity And Fertility

Physical activity is fundamental when trying to conceive or just for healthy fertility.

The essential positive impact of the movement regarding fertility is that exercise reduces ovulation problems. Ovulation is the main event of the menstrual cycle and the fundamental one to conception.

This is the case for all women, but especially for those with PCOS, in which ovulation is sometimes more challenging. In addition, exercise improves the chances of ovulation, so it becomes essential.

The same happens with endometriosis. It is a complex condition, but physical activity can act as an analgesic, improves inflammation, helps constipation, and helps get rid of the estrogen excess.

This is not only the case for women but also for men. Sedentary lifestyles lead to poorer sperm quality, so exercise and movement become a must when trying to conceive. Remember that if in a couple, it takes two to create a baby!

Physical Activity And Pregnancy

The idea that pregnant women need to rest as much as possible is a myth. Of course, physical activity needs to be adapted to avoid any risks for the pregnancy, but working with a professional who knows how to adjust the exercises is key to a healthy pregnancy.

For most women, continuing to exercise at the same level as before becoming pregnant is safe and healthy, adapting, if necessary, the kind of physical activity to the pregnancy.

Moderate exercise decreases the chances of miscarriage and the risk of developing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Also, labour is hard! So being fit and strong will help you during this intense process.

Your best friend is your pelvic floor; remember to take care of it before, during and after pregnancy.

Exercise And Mental Health

Exercise improves all physiological parameters. In addition, it positively impacts mood and helps manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Stress is complex, but something is clear: if stressed, free your mind by moving your body; it does help.
Physical activity improves how we feel physically, significantly influencing how we feel emotionally.
Exercise provides a natural energy boost, a healthy appetite, more focus and concentration, and helps sleep. Also, it can be satisfactory if you choose a form of movement that you like; hello, endorphins!

To sum up, physical activity positively affects all aspects of life, including fertility, having a healthy pregnancy, and taking care of our mental health. But, of course, use common sense: balance is necessary for all aspects of life; not too much, not too intense—just the right amount.
We all know that movement and physical activity are necessary; let’s dive in and make it fun!

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