Centuries ago, our ancestors lived without things that are readily available to us today, like gym, pilates, protein shakes, and yet they’re still healthier than most of us. What went wrong?
Studies have shown that spending 7 miles a day on your feet (and we mean walking, not just standing) is ideal in safeguarding yourself against cardiovascular issues and maintaining a healthy weight. With that in mind, can you imagine how bad it could be when you have an office job and you can’t (or don’t want to) walk 7 miles a day? There can’t be worse things than that, right? Well, try having menstrual cramps on top of needing to walk 7 miles.
But walking isn’t the only viable exercise that we can do if we’re in our office for 8 hours a day. Here are some tips on 60-second workouts that can make those pesky period cramps go away, even in the comfort of your own office chair!
During periods, the broken-down lining of the uterus flows down through the cervix and out of the vagina. During your period, the uterus swells, expands, and sometimes doubles the original size and weight. This is why the back and pelvis can hurt during a period. Damn you, enlarged uterus!
So, if you are suffering from a bad menstrual back pain, this shoelace-tying-stretching workout will help as bending forward can relieve the tension in the back, hamstrings and send negative feedback signals to the brain, inhibiting pain.
This exercise engages all the abdominal muscles. It also enables you to develop deep abdominal muscle strength as well as control of your lower back and hips. If your menstrual cramp is killing you around your hip area, then this exercise will work perfectly fine for you.
This workout is a concoction of playfulness, fun, and pain reduction.
You will feel the stretch mostly at the back of your thighs and sometimes at the tummy.
There is no time limit to do any of these exercises. You can repeat these 3 simple workouts as much as you want – but at least spend one minute for each exercise, as long as your work is not affected by your menstrual cramp. And remember, safety first, I want no sisters out there getting hurt because of these amazing workouts.