60 Seconds To Make Period Cramps Go Away!

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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!

#1 Stretching

How to do it: 

  1. Sit on a chair and reach forward to clasp your ankle, almost as if you are trying to tie your shoes.
  2. Hold this position for a minute or as long as you want. An easy and efficient workout! Plus, no one will know you’re in pain as everyone will assume you are JUST tying your shoelace.

Benefit:

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.

#2 Oblique Twist

How to do it:

  1. Sitting on a chair,
  2. Take your right elbow, twist your torso and let your right elbow touch your left knee while bending forward; remember to contract your abdominal muscles!
  3. Hold that position for 30 seconds, then return to an upright position. Repeat the steps with the opposite side, taking the left elbow and bringing it down to the right knee.

Benefit:

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.

#3 Chair Slide

This workout is a concoction of playfulness, fun, and pain reduction.

How to do it:

  1. First things first, get a chair with wheels.
  2. Then, you sit and extend both legs, toes up and heels on the floor.
  3. Keeping the rest of your body still, press your heels into the floor as you bend your knees and try to bring chair towards your feet. – sounds fun?

Benefit:

You will feel the stretch mostly at the back of your thighs and sometimes at the tummy.

Take home message

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.

 

 

Intan
Intan
Intan is the Main Author of Hersday blog. Hersday is a company that provides a monthly subscription-based period box. What makes our product different? It dries down 9 times quicker & absorbs 3 times better. No hidden fee and 100% money back guarantee.

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