5 Tips to Improve Fertility, Part 3: Move Your Bod
By: Jess Pedersen
Exercise is an excellent detoxifier.
If you have PCOS and want to improve your chances of conception, now is not the time to start training for a marathon or a long-distance road bike race.
But keeping your weight in a healthy range is important for ovulation, especially if you have PCOS. Plus, exercise is an important component of detoxifying your body.
How does exercise detoxify your body?
Toxins and chemicals are all around us. They are in the air we breathe, the food that we eat, and in many household and personal care products that we use every day.
Our bodies also produce toxins as a result of stress, illness, or as byproducts of the normal metabolic process. Although our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins naturally, exercise gives that process a boost!
Exercise helps to cleanse all of the muscles, organs, and cells of the body.
When you exercise, blood and lymphatic fluids are pumped throughout the body delivering vital nutrients while removing metabolic waste and toxins from your cells. Therefore, exercise helps your body to a more efficient and thorough job of eliminating the nasty waste and toxins that can accumulate in our cells.
When you exercise moderately you are usually guaranteed to do two things: breathe and sweat.
Both of these bodily functions aid in the detoxification process.
Toxins can be more efficiently removed from our cells as we breathe deeply and take in more oxygen, which helps the natural detoxification process along. Toxins can also be eliminated through our pores as we sweat.
For PCOS sufferers, exercise also helps to regulate blood sugar, which is often out of balance in this population. It can also help reduce accumulated fat within the body. Toxins often take refuge in our excess fat.
By reducing body fat, we are also saying adios to those toxins!
So, instead of intense physical training, think about simply moving your body for at least 30 minutes every day. A combination of aerobic exercise and gentle yoga is perfect for PCOS sufferers.
Consider a moderately paced walk around the neighborhood or experience nature with a hike in your local park. Crank up the iPod and dance around in the living room or do a few laps in your local pool. Toss some gentle yoga into your daily routine and let your body do the rest.
Jess Pedersen is a Health Coach currently completing her training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her focus as a health coach is to help women with unexplained infertility, PCOS, and hormone imbalances discover a holistic approach to improving their fertility and ability to conceive. For more info, please visit http://bemamabewell.com