Ok - we know it’s a well known fact that regular exercise is a crucial part of overall health and wellbeing… but did you know that it also plays an important part in your period and reproductive health?
Fitting exercise into your weekly routine isn’t always easy however getting into the habit of regular movement that suits both your fitness level and lifestyle is a definite benefit for so many reasons!
Over and above the well-known health benefits of exercise (healthy weight maintenance, bone density health, prevention of heart disease and lowering of unhealthy cholesterol levels) - exercise has numerous positive impacts on period, uterus and reproductive health.
It doesn’t even need to be nausea inducing strenuous sweat-fests, either (unless that’s what you’re used to!).The key to reaping the true ongoing benefits of exercise is to do it regularly and habitually - making it part of your lifestyle that suits you best and that you genuinely enjoy.
PMS and emotional benefits:
When we exercise, blood flows around our bodies, carrying fresh oxygenated blood to our muscles.This boosts circulation, overall blood oxygenation and goes a long way towards keeping any uterine and muscular cramps at bay.We also know that exercise produces endorphins which not only helps to counteract cramps- it also boosts our mood, energy levels, helps to combat stress hormones and boosts self esteem.Let’s be honest… if you’re feeling better about yourself, you’re more likely to persist with it, right?!
Taking a break to walk around the block, heading to the local pool for a lunch time swim or hitting the gym after work also gives us a healthy and often much needed break from sitting at our desks, laptops or at home on the couch (incessantly checking our phones!).
Getting active offers an opportunity to disconnect, observe the world around us and often provides us with a healthy dose of perspective on things that may be adding to any stress or PMS related emotional upset.
Overall uterus health:
The improved circulation that regular exercise brings means that our muscles and vital organs are better oxygenated and therefore in a healthier and more nourished condition to carry out their important functions.The uterus is no exception.
Exercise is closely connected to healthy weight management - which is intrinsically linked to our body’s ability to produce the correct levels of hormones for optimal well being and reproductive health.Being either underweight, or overweight, has repercussions for our menstrual cycle, ranging from our periods disappearing completely, monthly irregularities and even to hormonal imbalances that could affect fertility.
Stress and exhaustion can also throw important hormonal balances out of whack - both of which regular and appropriate exercise go a long way towards guarding against too. (link to top tips to alleviate fatigue: https://liverpoolst.com.au/blogs/word-on-the-street/5-self-help-tips-to-fight-fatigue)
A ballnced approach to exercise and a healthy weight is important for regular menstrual cycles - something that’s important for us to know about our own bodies.This makes it easier for us to detect any anomalies and seek professional advice sooner rather than later.
Exercise can also help to manage and relieve symptoms for endometriosis sufferers - with the emphasis being on appropriate and suitable activity levels approved by medical professionals.(more on this here: https://endometriosisnews.com/2017/06/01/six-things-know-endometriosis-exercise/)
Investing time and effort in our health is often an ongoing juggling act for many of us.It’s an important undertaking however and about getting to know our own bodies and how they feel and respond when we’re looking after ourselves.
After all, nobody knows your body as well as you do! xoxo