Living with endometriosis isn’t easy. For many, it’s a daily challenge of managing pain, fatigue, and the emotional toll the condition can take. However, one thing that can help to make living with endometriosis a little easier, is exercise.
While the thought of getting active when you’re in pain can sound absurd, there are certain exercises you can do to provide relief.
In today’s blog, we’ll explore the challenges faced when exercising with the condition, and the types of activities you should focus on.
The challenges of exercising with endometriosis
Endometriosis brings with it a unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to physical activity.
Pain, bloating, and fatigue can sometimes make even the simplest movements feel daunting. The inflammation and adhesions caused by endometriosis can cause discomfort, making certain exercises feel more painful than beneficial.
The emotional toll of endometriosis can also sometimes make motivation hard to come by. However, despite these challenges, it’s important to remember the many benefits of staying active, even in small ways.
While it’s essential to listen to your body, finding a balance between rest and movement can help in better managing the condition.
Walking it off – benefits of the Hot Girl Walk trend
One of the best exercises you can do when you have endometriosis is walking. It’s gentle yet effective, and for those looking for something a little higher impact, the Hot Girl Walk currently trending on TikTok could be ideal.
More than just a trend and contrary to its name, the Hot Girl Walk isn’t just about looking your best. It promotes a daily stroll outdoors paired with uplifting tunes or enlightening podcasts to improve your mental health.
While daily walks can lead to well-known physical perks, like better cardiovascular health and improved mobility, the Hot Girl Walk is about internal transformation. During the walk you focus on gratitude, setting and reflecting on personal goals, and recognising and celebrating your self-worth.
It can help you manage both the pain and the emotional issues that come with endometriosis.
Exercises to avoid with endometriosis
While exercise can be beneficial for those with endometriosis, it’s also essential to know which workouts can worsen the symptoms.
High impact exercises, like heavy weightlifting or intense plyometric workouts, can place added strain onto the pelvic region. This can potentially lead to more discomfort.
Some twisting movements, like certain yoga poses, can also cause pain for those with adhesions or cysts. Also, any exercise that places direct pressure on the abdomen or pelvic area, such as certain core workouts, should be approached with caution.
If you are finding it hard to exercise due to endometriosis or pelvic pain, schedule an appointment at the SureScan clinic. Treatments to help manage the condition are available, and could help you get back to the exercises you enjoy.