If you are looking for tips on how to prevent fibroids, you would be remiss if you do not incorporate exercise as a preventative measure. Most people hate exercise. TOUGH. If you are one of these people, you will just have to determine whether being fibroids free is enough motivation to start exercising regularly. The research supports exercise as an effective tool against fibroids. It is well documented that athletic women have less instances of fibroids tumors than those who are inactive.
If you are dealing with the various symptoms of uterine fibroids such as pain, pelvic pressure, bloating, etc, exercise will offer some relief. For a greater discussion on the benefits of exercise for fibroids, click here.
The top 3 exercises to prevent uterine fibroids as well as to offer relief for uterine fibroids symptoms include but are not limited to;
1. Aerobic Exercise
If you have fibroid pain, you may think that you need to pop some painkillers, lie down and curl yourself into a fetal position and wait it out. This might work. Even better is to do some aerobic exercise as simple as walking around the block a few times. In addition to walking, biking, running, swimming, dancing, etc, are all great aerobic exercises that can help.
Aerobic exercise has many benefits and for someone with fibroid tumors, aerobic exercise helps to balance hormones. While the exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, hormonal balance is thought be big part of their growth.
Aerobic exercise which normalizes insulin levels (from sugars and carbs) helps to prevent a state of hormonal imbalance. High insulin levels is one of the ways of creating an estrogen dominant state which fibroids love and thrive upon.
Pilates was developed in the early 20th Century by the German gymnast, diver and bodybuilder Joseph Pilates. The Pilates Method represents a physical fitness system that focuses on the core, as well as the muscles that surround the spine and internal organs, which can help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support.
As opposed to other fitness methods that encourage several repetitions of each exercise to the point of exhaustion, Pilates encourages fewer and more precise movements while maintaining proper form and control. Pilates is a total body and mind workout and many practitioners of Pilates state that they feel rejuvenated and refreshed after each session and not drained and exhausted as with most other rigorous exercise methods.
The goal of the Pilates exercises is to connect the mind and body, training the body so that without even engaging the mind, it will move with economy, grace, and balance. There are certain principles that Pilates is based i.e. proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement which allow practitioners to condition and strengthen the body.
Pilates holds promise for the treatment of uterine fibroids to help produce more permanent results than surgery or popping some pills or getting hormone injections and the various other conventional treatment methods because it imparts health enhancing benefits through strengthening all areas of the body including the pelvic area and making the body more flexible.
3. Build Lean Muscle
Every woman whether she has fibroids or not needs to build lean muscle. As women get older, bone density is lost increasing the risk of osteoporosis in later years. Building lean muscle will help to prevent osteoporosis. Building lean muscle is also a better way to lose weight as lean muscle helps to burn fat and calories faster than simply doing aerobic workouts alone.
Weight training also helps to build the muscles that support the uterus which is why women with fibroids need weight training. Do not worry that you will bulk up. Women’s bodies do not contain the hormones that are required to bulk up from weight training as men do.
There are many more exercises besides the top 3 above than can benefit anyone with fibroids such as Pilates, targeted abdominal exercises, pelvic tilts, kegel exercises, etc, that will help to prevent fibroids. These exercises will also help to reduce the various symptoms of uterine fibroids. You can start off small and gradually build up and try various other types of exercises. If a one hour walk or run seems impossible for you right now, try it for ten minute, 20 minutes, etc, until you develop greater endurance allowing you to go for much longer.