Reaching a certain fitness goal can be tough in general, but living with uterine fibroids makes it even more challenging. Pelvic pain, pressure in the abdominal area, and lower back pain may leave you in agony and pain. But what if I told you that you could ease those symptoms through exercise? All it takes is listening to your body and finding what works best for you.
4 exercises to try
While you may not always feel up to it, there are several exercises you can use to stay active, even if you have heavy bleeding or other uterine fibroid symptoms.
The key is to give yourself grace, you are a woman and your body was made to do incredible things. The great thing about these exercises is that you can adjust the intensity and frequency. This is perfect for days when you aren’t feeling your best self.
If you’ve tried yoga, then you know how relaxing it can be. Well, as it turns out these relaxation techniques can also help you manage uterine fibroids-related pain. Even better, yoga can help increase balance and flexibility and reduce back pain.
Similar to yoga, stretching increases flexibility and makes you more relaxed. Stretching also decreases muscle stiffness, which will make it easier for you to participate in other kinds of physical activity.
Want to get started but not sure how? Try static stretching (holding a certain position for up to 45 seconds) or dynamic stretching (moving your joints through entire ranges of motion).
Jogging or running
Get your heart rate up by engaging in a brisk walk, which promotes heart health and weight loss (a risk factor for fibroids). You can easily modify this exercise depending on energy levels and experience of pain or bleeding.
According to a 2021 study, weight lifting can contribute to a reduction in abdominal fat. Resistance bands or light weights are a good option that can provide benefits.
Exercises to avoid
In addition to the exercises above that can ease your symptoms, there are also some that can take a toll on your body, especially if you are experiencing heavy bleeding. You should reconsider the following: