As a population we lack the physical movement that our bodies were designed to endure. We sit way too much, most of the day- let’s be honest hours upon hours! Lucky for me my job allows me to be on my feet for a good portion of the day and use my muscles when delivering a chiropractic adjustment, but it is still not enough.
When trying to conceive maintaining a healthy body weight increases your overall health and fertility. Carrying excess body fat has many of its own negative health implications but with increased body fat, comes the risk of increased insulin resistance, and a more difficult time trying to conceive. Your fertility is an expression of your overall health status.
Exercising does not have to be punishment. It is not what you do to punish yourself for eating too many carbs the day before. Exercise should be part of your self care, self-love regiment. It is no secret the health benefits of exercise, it literally improves your brain function and allows your body to handle and better adapt to stress. Physical activity has been found to be more effective than most anti-depressant drugs. It lowers the risk of depression and raises self-confidence 1,2.
I must admit exercise at times has felt like punishment to me. It is so hard getting back into a self care routine and making time in a busy day to do it. Sadly, chiropractic school is where I fell off the wagon and became the most unhealthy version of myself. The irony! I was sleep deprived, not eating well, living on coffee and in a constant state of stress. This is not an environment to try to become pregnant. So, here I am now trying to pick up the pieces and improve my health taking it one day at a time
My latest strategy has been scheduling 3 days per week at the gym, some weeks it doesn’t happen so forgive yourself and move on. Peek at your schedule Sunday evening and literally pencil in time for you. You must make movement a priority. You get one body, and it is not getting any younger. Also, this is the environment you are creating to host a baby for 40+ weeks. You don’t have to belong to a gym- try a yoga class, meet friends for a hike, peruse Target. If you are looking for something to do, Wednesday mornings at 9 am you can meet me at the office for a walk at Bittersweet park. Getting outdoors and going for a walk a few times a week is a good start. The most important part is to get your heart rate up and get moving. Find an activity that resonates with you. YouTube and Pinterest are full of free workout ideas that you can do in your own living room or print off and take to the gym with you.
Our bodies are meant to MOVE – this feeds our brain and experiencing a little muscle soreness reminds us we are alive and capable of so much!
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(DISCLAIMER: The information in my blog is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and NOT intended as medical advice.)