For some women, the monthly visit of their menstrual cycle can cause cramps that are so severe that it hampers the ability to exercise. While every woman’s body is different, there are some common exercises that can actually relieve menstrual cramping.
One of the easiest and most common exercises–walking helps to lessen the pain and cramping associated with menstruation. Stepping up the pace from leisure to pre-aerobic speed, for at least 30 minutes may chase those nagging cramps away, relieve bloating and help you stay fit all month long.
There are some other exercises that help with menstrual cramps too. All you need is a mat, a towel, and some water to keep you hydrated. Lying on the mat, bring your knees up to your chest, wrap your arms around them and gently hug them to your body. Be careful not to pull too hard on your back. Then keeping your core engaged, move your knees back to the starting position. Repeat 8 to 10 times for best results.
The important thing is to continue to exercise throughout the month, even during your period in order to maintain your women’s fitness program. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but both aerobic and strength training exercises will help to keep a woman in shape as well as help to alleviate painful cramps.
However, there may be some instances during your period that require sitting out for a day. You may even opt for bed rest as opposed to working out. But if that becomes a common occurrence, it is time to consult your health professional. Excruciating pain and discomfort could indicate some other problem and if these are accompanied by a heavy flow, it’s time to seek the advice of your doctor.
Finally, you may consult your health professional about whether or not you need something to relieve inflammation or even a pain reliever, if your pain becomes too uncomfortable. Be cautious exercising or performing any routines before you know how the medication may affect you.
About Author: Karen Ficarelli is the founder and CEO of http://Fitness4Her.com, a diet, exercise program and women’s fitness blog, developed especially for women. A mother of three, Karen knows how hard it is to fit everything into a busy schedule. A fitness author, personal trainer, Pilate’s instructor, sports nutritionist, fitness model, wife and mom, Karen is passionate about helping other women reach their fitness goals.