Any woman can agree that period pain is extremely annoying. It interferes with your day-to-day activities and puts you in a bad mood. Fortunately, it seems that researchers may have found a solution that can help women alleviate menstrual cramps. According to the study, published in the journal Contemporary Clinical Trials, using a treadmill on a regular basis can reduce period pain and improve your quality of life in the long term.
During the research, a group of women with ages ranging from 18 to 43 was asked to participate in a supervised aerobic class three times a week for a month, starting right after the end of their period. After the four weeks, the women had to continue exercising at home, by themselves, for the next six months. The results showed by this group were compared to another group of women, who did not change anything in their usual regimes.
Exercising helps women reduce menstrual cramps
As it turns out, the women who took part in the aerobic class reported 6 percent less menstrual cramps after a month and 22 percent less pain in the next half year. Even more, after the seven-month reporting period, the participants reported a higher quality of life and enhanced daily mood. However, the group did not report any change in sleep quality over this time.
Dr. Leica Claydon-Mueller, a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Women who have painful periods often take steps to actively avoid exercise. After all, when you are in pain it is often the last thing that you want to partake in. However, this trial demonstrated that exercise significantly reduced pain for those people taking part in the program, and they also reported reduced pain levels after four and seven months.”