endometriosis workout plan?
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I have Endometriosis along with a few other medical issues and was wondering: do any other ladies here have it and if so, what kinds of exercises you do to help ease the pain each month? So far, the main things I've been doing are Virtual classes, Stretching, Biking. Any other tips that have worked would be great, even if you don't necessarily have this disease. Thank You.

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Hi Christina!

That's certainly no fun, huh. The good news is that regular exercise definitely helps alleviate the symptoms in a few different ways!

The physiological process of exercise in itself helps to lower estrogen levels. Lowering your body mass (through diet and exercise) will also lower estrogen levels. That translates into milder symptoms (e.g. cramping). Another chemically awesome thing that happens when you work out is the release of your "feel good" neurotransmitters (e.g. dopamine and serotonin) which block pain receptors in your nervous system (yay! That's even cheaper than Canadian meds!)

Then there's the stretching (like you've mentioned). Yoga and pilates are a great way to stretch and strengthen, simultaneously. And don't be fooled - it's hard, and you'll burn calories like it's no one's business. Also, don't limit yourself to your abilities. You CAN do things like run, swim, bike, etc. You know your pain limits - just play it by ear.

The last thing you want to tackle is diet. Stick to foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Omega 3's are a good option here. Foods like fish (especially salmon), flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans, tuna, or a supplement would help. Make sure you get plenty of water as well!

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