Exercise seems to be helpful for women who have
premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It increases natural
brain chemicals (endorphins) that provide a feeling of well-being, which could
be the reason why women who exercise have fewer premenstrual symptoms. Regular
exercise also reduces symptoms of
Moderate regular aerobic exercise is the goal. Any aerobic exercise is
fine, including running, swimming, and bicycling. Find an activity that you
enjoy and are likely to do regularly.
Most nights, Karin Wacaser, 48, a public relations consultant in Dallas, sleeps soundly for about 10 hours. But three days before her period, like clockwork, Wacaser has intense insomnia, waking up every hour or two. "It's crazy," she says. "And frustrating. Sometimes I'll toss and turn for an hour until I can go back to sleep."At other times, Wacaser lies awake all night, finally falling asleep around 7 a.m.
What is going on? "Each phase of the menstrual cycle has different effects on sleep," says...
Always listen to your body.
If you are just beginning an exercise program, don't overdo it. A walking
program is a good way to start, aiming for
1 mile (1.6 km) to
2 miles (3.2 km) at a brisk
pace, 4 to 5 times a week, and increasing your distance as you become more
For more information about starting an exercise program, see
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
June 8, 2010
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June 08, 2010
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