Cardio Exercise and PMS
Numerous studies suggest that women can relieve the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome with regular cardiovascular exercise (3 to 4 days a week). Here are some findings and theories behind the exercise-PMS connection that might help:
- Exercise can decrease fluid-retention.
- Exercise helps with weight loss, which in turn may reduce symptoms. (Excess body fat is associated with PMS.)
- Exercising releases endorphins in the body which may help prevent PMS-related depression and anxiety.
- Exercise is a de-stressor which may also help alleviate the symptoms of PMS.