Living Fertile: Workout Advice From Experts

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Mike Boyle, strength coach to the 2013 world-champion Boston Red Sox, was told early in his career, “You can never exercise enough to overcome a bad diet.” Today, this knowledge still underpins his food choices while training. “I enjoy my indulgences, but I don’t make them a daily habit,” he says. “Instead, I fuel my body properly so I can go harder and longer.”
Great advice like that can stick with you forever. So we decided to turn to Boyle—and other fitness advisers who have risen to the top of the industry—to find out what they preach now that they’ve made it. Here’s what they had to say. Even if you are an amateur gym-goer, these tips will inspire you to stay in shape and live a fertile lifestyle.

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Keeping the Boys Fit and Fertile

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Photo: Prodynamicfitness

As you probably know by now, infertility is not just a “woman’s problem”? While female factor may be responsible for infertility in 40 percent of couples, about 40 percent is linked to male infertility. A combination of male and female factors (and unknown factors) account for the remaining 20 percent of infertility cases. Here’s some advice on keeping the boys fit and fertile.

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Exercise and Fertility

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Photo: Zeus Fitness

Exercise and fertility will vary from individual to individual; there is no “one size fits all”.  What is recommended for one person may be almost the opposite of what we would recommend for someone else. It is important to be aware of how exercise can influence fertility.  Too much or too little can really impact your body’s natural fertility which can prevent you from conceiving.  According to Preconception Weekly, exercise and fertility are linked, but the relationship is not always straightforward.  Exercise can help you stay fit and may increase your chances at conception in some cases, too much exercise can actually contribute to infertility.

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Why Men Need to Exercise With Caution: 3 Fertility Concerns

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Exercise is a healthy habit for men and women—improving health, energy level, weight, sleep, and sex life. Plus it reduces stress. These factors make regular physical activity a must for you and your guy when you’re trying to conceive or adopt.It’s not just women that need to think about fertility in their exercise routine, men also need to exercise with caution when trying to father a child to avoid fertility concerns. Without precautions, exercise itself can introduce male fertility and potency problems. The three biggest concerns? Heat, pressure, and trauma.

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Fitness for Fertility: Exercising in Winter

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Photo: Brent Rose (gizmodo)

As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear and hibernate. Don’t! We now know how important staying fit and healthy is for fertility to avoid obesity and other health issues that can impact your sperm count. Staying active throughout autumn and winter will also help to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world while trying to conceive. Don’t worry if you’ve not done much for a while, these fitness for fertility exercises are easy, gentle to follow and can also be done indoors.

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