Walking is the basic low intensity exercise that can be used by just about everyone to provide both physical and mental health benefits at no cost to themselves, other than a little time and energy.
We know that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is stressful and one of the most difficult parts is removing yourself from your usual activities such as exercise. Yet in general, women taking part in IVF programs are advised to limit physical exercise to help increase their chances of conceiving.
This is to minimize potential complications of IVF that can arise from strenuous exercise, creating additional problems rather than improving pregnancy rates. Exercise can cause and/or exacerbate issues such as ovarian torsion.
However, that does not mean that there are no benefits to be gained from light strenuous activity. For those who are more active usually, it won’t feel like much; but for those who are less active, now is a good a time as any to prepare your body for pregnancy.
So what are the health benefits of taking part in light exercise such as walking during IVF treatment?
Alan Kemp from Alanfitness.ca in Vancouver is here to share some of his fitness knowledge with you.