9 Reasons Why Overdoing It at the Gym Is Hurting You

We'd never advise you to ditch your regular workout sessions, but too much gym time can weaken your bones, ruin your sleep, and affect your chances of getting pregnant (10 Photos)

Leslie Goldman on Oct 14, 2011 at 5:09PM

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9 Reasons Why Overdoing It at the Gym Is Hurting You

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You Could Be Hurting Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you may have to tone down your workouts. Hardcore exercise can disrupt ovulation, leading to loss of periods. A 2009 study in Human Reproduction found that high frequency and high intensity exercise can triple a woman's chances of infertility. Cardio queens having trouble getting pregnant should try dialing back their workout intensity for three months, suggests Alice Domar, Ph.D., executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF and author of Conquering Infertility. “Keep your heart rate below 110,” she says, and change up your routine. “Walk instead of run, swim instead of doing aerobics. Try yoga.” And eat an extra slice of pizza! Research suggests that gaining just six to eight pounds (if you’re underweight) might be enough to boost your odds of conceiving.

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