A healthy lifestyle must include exercise, which is beneficial for your entire health. Regular exercising prevents diabetes and fights obesity, enhances your cardiovascular system function and boosts your mood, thanks to the endorphins. The happiness hormone is not the only hormone whose production is stimulated by exercise, as research showed that breast cancer can be prevented by regular exercising. As exercise can prevent hormone controlled diseases, one can try to embrace a regular exercising routine to fight uterine fibroids, which are also hormone mediated tumors.
How can exercise help you fight fibroids?
Uterine fibroids’ developments are influenced by hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone, which control the menstrual cycle. This is why many women notice their fibroids symptoms decrease in intensity once they enter menopause, as the development of the fibroids is stopped by the reduction of hormones.
Exercising can also reduce the production of estrogen and progesterone, limiting the growth of the fibroids. Further research showed that BMI – body mass index – is linked to the development of uterine fibroids. By exercising and burning calories you can reduce your BMI and prevent the fibroids’ growth. You can also use exercises to reduce the amount of visceral fat in your body, which is fat stored around your internal organs. Visceral fat is linked to excessive estrogen production. Lowering the amount of visceral fat helps your body process the extra estrogen and balance the hormones in your body, preventing the growth of fibroids.
Another benefit of exercising is the reduction of pain caused by fibroid. As you exercise you strengthen your body and boost your mood, which helps your body manage pain and replace it with a sense of well being.
What type of exercises can help me
There are no specific exercises for fibroid, but as long as you stick to a routine and a healthy diet, you can prevent the development of fibroid or limit their growth.
Yoga is one of the popular sports you can embrace and it can help you keep your fibroids symptoms under control, if you double it with a healthy diet and acupuncture. There are two yoga postures you can use frequently to soften the abdominal tissues: Bharadvajasana or the Twist of Saga Bharadvaja and Janu Sirsasana, Post From Head to Knee.
Aerobics are especially effective at reducing the amount of visceral fat, so you can try to introduce half an hour or one hour of aerobics in your daily schedule. Double them with strength training to lower your BMI and reduce the amount of estrogen stored in your body. By doing this you will also prevent the development of fibroids and limit the growth of existing ones.
Aerobics and strength exercising also tone up your abdominal muscles, which can reduce the amount of pain you feel during each period.
Cardio exercises are another good pick, as it reduces your BMI and help you lose extra fat. Low impact cardio, such as swimming or cycling, is the best for reducing the fibroids symptoms and is easy to incorporate in your daily schedule.
Exercising alone is not going to cure your fibroid, but a healthy lifestyle that includes exercising can limit the development of existing fibroid and prevent the development of new ones.