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How to Transition into a Workout Routine

Regular exercise may lower your chances of developing endometriosis, but when you’re in the throes of that kind a pain, the last thing on your mind is putting more stress on your body. You likely want to just curl up in bed on or on the couch in your comfiest of clothes and chill out. And while rest is deeply important to any healing, regular exercise is too.

So how do you get from sleepy and sedentary to energized and moving? Start by redefining what exercise means to you. While it may have previously been an hour-long boot camp, it’s important to recognize where your body is at right now.


Going out for a 10-minute walk may be what is best for your body right now. The simple act of walking provides tremendous benefits yet we tend to overlook it and not see it as exercise. And the best part about this form of movement is that you can start it in the comfort of your own home – no need for fancy gym clothes, special sneakers, or even nice weather. Of course, it’s fun to have all of those factors in play, but you can walk around your home in pajamas. If you’re feeling up to it maybe you even add in a flight of stairs on occasion.

I actually try to do this when I’m on the phone. I simply with stroll around the house a few times to get a few steps in. Being that I’m often distracted by the conversation, the time goes by with ease.


Yoga is another practice that I find to be incredibly helpful in easing myself back into movement. It can be so calming to the nervous system and adapted to whatever your body, mind or spirit needs on a given day.

When I was first starting back into exercise after a previous flare, I would do child’s pose for five to 10 minutes. That was it. That was my practice for the day. It’s what my body could handle. Then slowly but surely, I started to advance my practice with my additional posture at a time. Within two months, I was doing a full class.


This may be a newer form of exercise to you, but if you haven’t tried it out yet, I invite you to do so. High intensity interval training (HIIT), are short bursts of exercise. Your entire workout may be as short at five to seven minutes or as long as an hour. You can modify up or down based on how you’re feeling.

The bottom line: You want to keep your body moving as whatever pace and for whatever duration you can manage. Regular exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, and reduces stress, pain, and depression. If that’s not something to smile about, I don’t know what is.

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