Can you walk off premenstrual problems?

/Can you walk off premenstrual problems?

Can you walk off premenstrual problems?

sneakersIf you’re regularly bothered by premenstrual irritability, down moods, aches, fatigue, mental fogginess or other pre-period symptoms, consider adding more aerobic exercise to your regimen, such as brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming or even hula hooping.

Two new studies (this one in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaeocology and this one in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness) show that women who do more aerobic workouts (the kind that gets your heart pumping) are less likely to suffer from premenstrual woes.

This latest study supports previous research from all over the globe that also found links between more aerobic exercise and fewer premenstrual problems.

So, how does exercise work its symptom-preventing magic? Regular workouts boost your mood, reduce stress and improve sleep. They may also help fix hormone imbalances that exacerbate bothersome symptoms.

How much exercise should you aim to do? Current U.S. guidelines recommend two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking) or one hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise (such as jogging) per week.

Don’t have the energy or physical power to do aerobic exercise? Try yoga. Multiple studies–including this new study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine–show that regularly practicing yoga poses helps improve mood, reduce anxiety and get you better sleep during your premenstrual week.

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About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at

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