It’s well documented that exercising has endless health benefits for women, including decreasing the chances of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer and osteoporosis. It also lessens the likelihood of suffering a fracture, enhances sleep and improves psychological health by reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
From a gynaecological viewpoint, once again there is nothing but good stuff to report when you up your heart rate. Exercise is beneficial for those trying to fall pregnant, as well as during pregnancy (*providing you are not increasing your physical activity from pre-pregnancy levels), and after your baby is born. Regular exercise helps prepare your body for pregnancy by strengthening and toning muscles, increasing oxygen in your blood and increasing flexibility. Also, moderate regular exercise can improve fertility, for both males and females.
Being active for just 30 minutes a day will make a big impact on your fitness and wellbeing, and if half an hour seems unrealistic, just do what you can. Even if you can only manage short windows of physical activity, the old “something is better than nothing” rule applies. Exercising is habitual so once you form the habit, it will become easier (and more enjoyable) to continue….and to increase the duration.