What is Endometriosis?
Simply put, endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus (known as the endometrium) appears to be growing outside of the uterus; in areas such as the fallopian tubes, ovary, ligaments that support the uterus, outer surface of the uterus, or alongside the pelvis, just to name a few. Unlike normal menstruation, when the lining of the uterus breaks down and exits the body through the vagina, this tissue has no way of leaving the body. This results in severe cramps, heavy or internal bleeding, cysts and can even lead to infertility. The cause of endometriosis is unknown.
Can you exercise, if you suffer from endometriosis?
Yes, BUT the first thing you would need to do is get clearance from the OB/GYN or Healthcare Provider.
There are benefits to exercising, if you suffer from endometriosis, namely:
It will help control your weight
Regular exercise lowers the amount of estrogen in the body. Lowering estrogen levels is one of the goals of endometriosis treatment. This is a plus for those who want an alternative to pharmaceutical treatments.
Exercise releases endorphins; which acts as a natural pain reliever
Exercise improves circulation; which is important for carrying oxygen and nutrients to your body systems
As a trainer, if you’re new to an exercise program, I would advise staying away from intense running and jumping exercises as these may intensify endometriosis symptoms; but activities such as strength training, walking, swimming (for an hour) should be helpful.
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