Having a balanced approach to exercise is necessary for your successful fertility plan. The two main forms of exercise – cardio and strength training – form a polarity. There’s another polarity contained within cardio. It’s based on intensity — short bursts of activity alternated with longer stretches of recovery.
Dr. Al Sears wrote Pace: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution, which formalized this idea. Cardio is most beneficial when done in cycles of high and low intensity. Each cycle has 30 seconds of high intensity followed by 90 seconds of slow or recovery pace.
Let’s take running as an example. The idea of PACE is to do a full out sprint for 30 seconds, followed by 90 seconds of moderate walking pace. The entire PACE routine consists of 8 such interval pairs. Begin and end with 5 minutes of stretching and warm up. You can do this whole sequence in under 30 minutes! Doing about 3 cycles of this each week is plenty to keep you in good cardio health. As your endurance increases, your heart and respiration will have better recovery time. You can apply this format of intervals to any form of cardio exercise that you like. As long as you overlay these intervals, you’ll get the benefits.
PACE, or interval training, is way more beneficial than longer form endurance exercise. Our ancient physiology is not designed to run at high intensity for extended periods. When we do, the message we give our physiology is “I’m in big trouble! Run for your life from the sabre-toothed tiger!” This bad news triggers your stress physiology. It spreads through your entire hormonal system like a social media meme.
Interval training doesn’t create this physiological stress. It is a safe and natural way to increase your level of HGH (human growth hormone). You may be familiar with HGH and its use in fertility treatments. When you apply intervals to your cardio, you benefit from a healthy level of stress that is stimulating, rather than damaging. As always, the difference between medicine and poison is in the dosage.
This topic is further explored in Step 5 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
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