Everyone knows that regular exercise can have a positive effect on your health, most commonly for diabetes and obesity prevention. Still, exercise can have wider ranging effects than just burning extra calories. It strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system, can boost endorphins (the brain chemicals that cause a happy mood) and also help prevent hormone controlled disease.
Research has also shown that exercise can have a protective effect for breast cancer, a hormone mediated tumor affecting women. This may lead anyone to wonder, could exercise have positive effects on other hormone mediated tumors, such as uterine fibroids.
Estrogen and Progesterone are the two hormones responsible for fibroid development and growth in the uterus, these two hormones regulate a women’s menstrual cycle. This is the primary reason why fibroids may stop growing during menopause, because the body is no longer producing larger amounts of these hormones.
Exercise can reduce the amount of these circulating hormones, which is why fibroid growth may be prevented by regular exercise. As per research BMI (Body Mass Index) is directly related with uterine fibroids, by reducing BMI through regular exercise women may be able to have an impact on fibroid growth.
Exercise also helps burn fat tackling obesity and reducing weight. Abdominal visceral fat is linked to elevated estrogen production, which can trigger fibroid growth. Exercise even helps the liver to disperse excessive oestrogen and helps to hormonal balancing in your body. Routine exercise is recommended to get fibroids under control and relive pain, build strength and release endorphins, which helps promote a sense of well being.
So, by engaging regular exercise in your lifestyle and maintaining healthy weight, you may be able to reduce your chances of developing uterine fibroids.
Few exercises for fibroids which help prevent its occurance and offers relief from fibroids symptoms include but are not limited to:
Most of the practitioners of natural medicine recommend yoga as extremely effective way to treat fibroids tumors in the uterus. The practice of yoga includes a few ways to decrease the size of fibroids tumors. It is also recommended that practicing yoga should also be supplemented by other strategies like changes in diet, consuming herbs, and acupuncture for the complete treatment.
The idea behind yoga posture for the treatment of fibroids is to soften and open up the abdominal tissues. This ensure that the tumors present inside the uterus do not grow and multiply at a quick pace. Following yoga posture are considered to be extremely effective for treating uterine fibroid:
- Bharadvajasana – Twist of Saga Bharadvaja
- Janu Sirsasana – Post From Head to Knee
2. Aerobics and Strength Training
Abdominal visceral fat is linked to elevated estrogen production. Increased estrogen levels can trigger fibroids growth in uterus. Overweight women are at higher risks of developing fibroids then other healthy women. Daily aerobic and strength training exercises is recommended to combat stomach fat, promote weight loss and tone your stomach muscles. This will also shrink your waistline and decrease fatty deposits. A reduction in fat cells around your midriff will hasten the production of estrogen to combat fibroid growth.
3. Cardiovascular Exercise
Cardiovascular exercise burns calories and can help you lost weight. As stated earlier BMI (body mass index) plays a crucial role in fibroids development. However, intense exercise can cause pain to existing fibroids, making it difficult for you to exercise. Instead, choose low-impact cardiovascular exercises like water aerobics or swimming. Walking or cycling also burn calories and fat, helping to reduce unhealthy estrogen production. Exercise at least 3 to 5 times per day for at least 30 minutes to create calorie deficit that helps you lose weight.