Dysmenorrhea — a word that requires no introduction or explanation to 90% of the female population that experience the severity of it once a month. The term is also referred to as the dreaded “menstrual pain” or “menstrual cramps”.
This type of pain during menstruation can be described as sharp, throbbing and, most of the time, unbearable. Who wouldn’t want to relieve that kind of pain as quickly as possible? Some women would resort to eating certain foods to ease the pain and soothe the emotion. Some would go for the quicker effect of pain medication but did you know that there’s a better (not to mention healthier) way to relieving menstrual cramps?
It’s called exercise!
Yes, exercise can ease your throbbing womb in a number of ways. One is by stretching out a specific part of your body like your back, spine, abdomen and etc. to release a bit of tension. Second is by releasing endorphin, which is a natural pain reliever.
There’s definitely a third and fourth way but let’s just stick to the two mentioned because we’re bringing you our tested and proven exercises to relieve menstrual cramps based on them and here they are:
1. Jogging — get those running shoes ready if you’re feeling the pain creeping in. Jogging (or maybe running on the treadmill) is a great way to break a sweat and you can even bring your dog or maybe a friend who’s on the same cycle for some added companionship. Talking a walk is a good alternative if you don’t really feel like running.
2. Ride a bike — just like jogging, riding a bike will get your heart rate up and get your blood circulating. You don’t have to pedal like a crazy woman so you can get your heart beating faster. Just pedal like you would when you’re riding a bike in the country side.
3. Yoga poses — doing a few of these might just help relieve the tension on a specific part of your body thus also relieving the stress. The following poses are easy to do and they don’t require gymnast like flexibility to be done.
Wide Child’s Pose
- Position your knees to the floor(kind of like kneeling but your bum should be touching your yoga mat). Spread them apart at a comfortable distance and then lean forward, bending your upper body. Extend your arms in front of you as your forehead rests on the mat.
- You can turn your head to one side and then hold the pose while taking 5 slow breaths. Do the same on the other side.
- Lie on your mat in a supine position. Bend your knees and lift your buttocks upward. Your arms and inner feet should be pressing the floor and your tailbone should be pushed upward, making your buttocks firm. Your thighs and inner feet should be parallel. Stay in this position for about 30 seconds.
Healthier, Fitter, Better
These exercises may require effort on your part and they may not have immediate pain relief like when you drink medicine but it’s healthier, it makes you fitter and so by conclusion, definitely better. Try to be consistent with these exercises, making it part of your everyday routine. That way, you’ll get better circulation, you’ll be healthier and you wont feel like exerting that much effort when you get your period.