Check out these exercises that can help relieve pain from mild to moderate cramps.
Cramps happen. When they do, the natural inclination is to curl up on the sofa and seek all things comfy. And yet, mustering up the energy to get out and get active just might be the secret to more cramp-free periods.
Exercise helps the body release beta-endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that not only boost mood, but are also associated with pain relief and muscle relaxation. In other words, they're the body's natural painkillers.
Exercise also promotes better blood circulation throughout the body including the pelvic area. And that improved circulation can also help ease monthly cramps.
So if your cramps are mild to moderate and you've talked it over with your healthcare provider, go on and get physical with these aerobic and stretching ideas.
Aerobic Exercise for Cramp Relief
Aerobic exercise is exercise that gets the heart rate up, and it just might be your best bet to relieve menstrual pain and discomfort.
Stretch for Cramp Relief
Yoga stretches are also effective for strengthening abdominal muscles and stimulating pelvic blood flow. Read on for some of our favorites:
Just Do It
It may take a bit of mental motivation to push past the discomfort, but if you find cramp relief in exercise it will be well worth the effort. (Not to mention the other healthy benefits like losing those extra lbs!)
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This is not intended to be medical advice. Everybody is different so please make sure to consult your physician if you're having issues. Do not delay or refrain from seeking professional medical advice from your physician because of something you have read on this site.
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