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Endometriosis: Working Out + Motivation

Kimberli in her fav workout gear.
Working out is something I love to do, not something I feel like I have to do.

I won't lie, endometriosis is extremely hard to deal with. And for such a long time, it angered me when others who didn't know what I was dealing with, would tell me to work out. Being in so much pain, working out was the last thing on my mind. But the truth is, I really needed to start taking care of my body. And I started to realize that working out didn't have to be intense. I am by no means a cross fitter and the only time you'll see me run, is if I am chasing an ice cream truck.

I don't consider myself a health nut and I wouldn't say my body is perfect. But taking care of myself is important, especially with an illness trying to attack my insides. Having such a weak immune system, I try my hardest to make myself and my body strong enough to fight.

A lot of us don't realize, but exercise is actually really good for endometriosis. Of course, to a certain extent. Because too much or something too intense, can bring on symptoms and make them worse. But in general, exercise releases endorphins. These naturally occurring hormones work like pain relievers to lower pain. Also, regular exercise lowers estrogen in the body. Because a lot of treatments try to lower estrogen in those suffering with endometriosis, exercise can help improve endo symptoms.