The Impact of Exercise on Reproductive Health
Regular exercise of almost any kind helps elevate energy, stamina, passion, and pleasure—all aspects of our sex lives. Regular exercise can increase sexual desire, making the time you spend with your partner good quality time and it can set those pheromones flying. Moderate exercise can also be a good natural fertility treatment. When combined with a balanced and nutritious diet, exercise can help you to maintain a healthy body weight. Excess body fat can increase the amount of estrogen in your body, throwing the female fertility cycle out of balance. Exercise helps to burn off this excess body fat, allowing hormone levels to return to normal. It is best not to overdo exercise though. Try low impact aerobic workouts like walking, swimming, and cycling. Include weight bearing exercises; if you don’t like to lift weights. spot your partner while they are lifting. Include core exercises like Pilates to tighten your tummy, which will shorten your recovery time after delivery and make you look great. It really helps when you workout with your partner. Potent medicine, aerobic exercise revs up hormones, helps us to sleep better , flushes stress, whittles away fat, and rejuvenates the body, filling us with renewed vigor, and improves self image and confidence. So exercise and enjoy!
While everyone knows that exercise is good for you, there can be too much of a good thing. When exercise is pushed to the point where the female reproductive cycle stops, called amenorrhoea, it is difficult—if not impossible—to conceive a child. Long-term dieting or exercise that lowers hormonal levels may decrease fertility in men and women. Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. If you cannot reduce our training volume, then you must increase your caloric intake if you want to conceive.
As we age, pelvic muscles that help stop the flow of urine can weaken. For women, pregnancy, childbirth, and being overweight can weaken the pelvic muscles. For men, prostate surgery can weaken pelvic muscles. Weak pelvic muscles can cause you to leak urine. Fortunately, pelvic muscles are just like other muscles—exercises can make them stronger. People who leak urine may have better control of these muscles by doing pelvic muscle exercises called Kegel exercises. You can do Pilates and Yoga to stave off this or help before considering surgery. Many health conditions, like pregnancy, actually put a lot of stress on your pelvic organs, resulting in weak pelvic floor muscles. As a result, your pelvic organs descend and may lead to pelvic organ prolapse. Many doctors and health experts strongly recommend Kegel exercises for this too. Kegel exercises are very crucial in maintaining better reproductive health and mainly strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. If you regularly practice Kegel exercises, you can successfully prevent various health problems. Practicing Pilates is fantastic in preparing for pregnancy and possibly avoiding other health issues. Not only will you look and feel great but it will strengthen core and back musculature, which will help during pregnancy and recovery.
You can also exercise your Kegals almost anywhere and any time. To exercise these muscles, just pull in or “squeeze” your pelvic muscles (as if you are trying to stop urine flow). Hold this squeeze for about 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Do sets of 10 to 20 contractions per day. Be patient and continue to exercise.
REF: http://familydoctor.org,Discoveryhealth.com, Livestrong.com
I took Pilates classes from two previous instructors before I contacted Metamorphosis Pilates. The main reason I was looking for a new instructor was I did not like the way my current instructor was teaching. She seemed more interested in participating in the exercises than she did in walking around and overseeing her students. From the first time I spoke with Sharon Tringali, the owner of Metamorphosis, I knew her style of instruction was just what I was looking for. Sharon modifies the exercises individually to fit the daily health and capabilities of her students. But, most importantly, she instructs. She does not participate. 100% of her attention is focused on her student(s), and she keeps her classes small.
I always recommend Metamorphosis to anyone who starts talking Pilates to me. Sharon’s prices are extremely reasonable and, for my schedule, class times are very convenient.
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