Low Impact Exercises during IUI and IVF

I hear from a lot of women going through fertility treatments that they aren’t sure what exercises are okay during treatments.

I first want to point out that if you are already consistently working out before treatments, you should be fine to still exercise during your treatments. These are great if you are just getting started. I’m not a doctor, so while you can take my advice on good exercises, you ultimately know your body best and should speak to a doctor before starting any exercise routine.

If you want to know my story, I was training for a marathon while undergoing 3 rounds of IUI. While I don’t think the running had much to do with it. It probably wasn’t a good idea to increase my mileage so rapidly while doing 3 IUI’s back-to-back. I wrote a great post on if it’s okay to run during fertility treatments.

Here are great low impact exercises to do during fertility treatments:

Walking
Walking is such a great way to get movement in, burn some calories, and isn’t high impact. You burn the same amount of calories if you ran or walked 3 miles, the only difference is you getting there a little faster.

Yoga
There are so many wonderful benefits to yoga, especially during infertility and fertility treatments. Stretching and Strengthening have great long term impacts especially during infertility.

Barre
This is a great workout that ballet students do. In a typical barre class you warm up, work on arms, work on legs and other muscle groups at the bar, then finish up with some abs on a mat. You can modify the movements if needed.

Pump
This workout will really get your heart rate up and work your muscles. It is a class that you are able to modify. The class usually involves hand weights, a barbell with weights, a step up, and a mat. It is fun total body workout.

Zumba
This is a great low impact activity. You get your heart rate up, with a series of moves in the form of dance. It’s a total body workout, in which you dance and have fun to awesome music!

Pilates
This focuses on strengthening and toning your core, but it works your arms and legs too. You sit or lie down on a mat. It doesn’t get your heart rate up too high.

Cycling
A great exercise to really work your legs and arms (though your bum may become sore after sitting on the seat). It is a great cardio workout, is low impact, and it’s a great cross training exercise.

PiYo
I’ve only done this a few times, and don’t have any of the videos, but its a mix between Pilates and Yoga. It’s a lot of fun and really gets your body sweating.

Swimming
This is a total body workout, and there are great exercise routines found on Pinterest. All you need is a swimming suit goggles and a swimming pool to really get going.

Weight Lifting
There are lots of exercises you can do, but I would encourage to not lift more than 20 pounds. The fertility clinic specifically told me not to lift over 20 pounds during treatments, and my OB told me nothing over 20 pounds during pregnancy. There must be a reason not to lift heavy during those times.

Hiking
You can find hiking trails that are for all different levels of hikers. This is a great low impact activity, you are building muscle and essentially walking. It helps calm the mind and body by being out in nature.

Are there any other great low impact activities that you’ve done during treatments?

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