Uterine fibroids are mostly benign tumors of the uterus and are very common for women in the childbearing age. They seldom bring serious harm to a woman’s health, but if they grow big, they can bring lots of discomfort into her life. Bleeding, menstrual cramps and severe pain, all reduce a woman’s quality of life.
Earlier, the condition was believed to not get along with any kind of physical activity. However, modern experts believe that sports can be useful for a woman with uterine fibroids and even bring relief from pain and stop the growth of the tumor. However, you need to do everything right to receive only a positive effect from exercising with uterine fibroids.
What to Avoid?
The first important thing to note is that it’s better to avoid exercises that increase blood circulation and pressure in your stomach. Such exercises are crunches, sit-ups, and heavy weight lifting. The active blood supply of the abdomen will naturally lead to the active blood supply to your fibroids. This may increase the risk of their growth which you don’t want.
Focus on cardio and weight loss exercises rather than on those that will help you grow big muscles. Weight loss is part of the fibroids natural treatment, because they are hormonally dependent, and hormones play an important role in extra weight gain. It works both ways - the extra weight causes even bigger hormonal imbalance. Losing it helps bring hormones to a proper balance.
You should also avoid overtraining. To succeed with it and to be sure you're doing it right, you need to be attentive to your pulse. The intensity of your training should increase gradually and in total shouldn’t grow more than 30% from the beginning. This also shouldn’t happen too fast - train in one tempo for 1.5 months (counted as two workouts per week), and only then you should start increasing it.
Preventive Exercises Work
What if you don’t have fibroids but someone from your family does? This means you have a bigger risk to develop them too. In this case, you should be more attentive to your health to reduce those risks.
To prevent the development of uterine fibroids, you will need exercises that are not recommended for those that already have them - those that boost the blood circulation in your pelvic muscles. Also, swimming is a good idea for both the prevention and treatment of uterine fibroids. Why?
Swimming has little contraindications and is very good for your digestion. Problematic bowel movements are a risk factor for multiple diseases including uterine fibroids. Besides, chronic constipation can worsen your fibroid pain. Swimming helps to improve bowel movements that will benefit your health in general.
Remember that a proper function of the GI tract is impossible without a healthy diet. Eating healthy food and hydrating is good for all spheres of your health including the reproductive one. This helps to control your weight, maintain proper metabolism and keep all your organs healthy. Especially important are fruits and vegetables - be sure to eat enough of them to support your body with vitamins that are crucial for your health.
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