Hit the treadmill to reduce your period cramps

Are you tired of period cramps? If that is the case, you might want to hit the treadmill. According to a recent study, running on a treadmill three times a week can relieve women of the discomfort of menstrual cramps.

The research shows that women who used the gym equipment experienced 22% less pain after six months, compared to those who did not.

Dysmenorrhea, basically known as period pain, affects half of women. It is thought to be caused by an influx of chemicals called prostaglandins. These chemicals cause blood vessels in the uterus to constrict, which prevents oxygen reaching the womb's tissue, triggering pain.

The chemicals are said to 'flush out' when you exercise, boosting the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the uterus.

Participants were required to run at between 70-85% of their maximum heart rate on the treadmill three times a week for six months.

Their results were compared with a control group, who didn't do any exercise. Turns out, women using a treadmill experienced six per cent less pain after four weeks. The researchers also found that the pain reduction got bigger further into the trial.

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