Exercise To Relieve Your PMS Symptoms

July 18, 2010

The bad moods, bloating, and breakouts of PMS can drive one to distraction and often do. But you can use exercise to help you manage your symptoms. Exercise can reduce the emotional and physical symptoms of PMS by triggering the release of endorphins. Exercise can also release PMS tension which can exacerbate your symptoms.

Eases PMS Symptoms

Regular exercise will promote your overall health and ease your symptoms of PMS, too. But if you have cramps, you may not feel able to do much exercise. If your cramps aren't too severe, you can begin your exercise by taking a fast-paced power-walk or by riding your bike. If you can manage it, running is good, too.

In terms of regular physical activity, many PMS sufferers swear by yoga. Take a yoga class and see how this ancient stretching and meditation discipline can calm you. Stretching is the best antidote to cramps. If you don't feel up to going to your yoga class, you can do some yoga right in the comfort of your bedroom. Lie down and bend your knees. Bring your knees up to your chest, wrapping your arms around your legs. Hold this pose for five seconds and then repeat these movements ten times.

Low Impact Exercise

Pilates is another way to stretch out the cramps and body aches of PMS. Pilates helps to stretch and lengthen the muscles. These non-aerobic, gentle movements are low-impact but can provide a surprising amount of relief for the joint and muscle aches of PMS.

Swimming is yet another type of PMS-friendly exercise. Try to swim on the days when you're having symptoms. A water workout may just provide the low-resistance physical activity you need to improve your mood.

Believe it or not, kickboxing is great for you. That's because it helps you release the tension and frustration that accompanies a bad bout of PMS. Sign up at your local gym for just a few sessions to see if this type of activity feels right. The high-powered kicks of this sport will leave you feeling calm once more.

Go for a power-walk while listening to upbeat music. This will help to fight your fatigue and fill up your energy tank when you're feeling low. Walking fast will help let you release that PMS tension.

Jogging can help you in your battle against the symptoms of PMS. As you work up a sweat, your body releases all the water you've retained which should relieve your bloating.

Aerobic exercise gets your blood moving. As you rev up your circulation, you move nutrients and oxygen to your cells which helps lift the lethargy accompanying PMS. You may be able to stop PMS cold before it begins with a good aerobic workout.

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