Exercise seems to be helpful for women who have premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It increases natural brain chemicals (endorphins) that provide a feeling of well-being, which could be the reason why women who exercise have fewer premenstrual symptoms. Regular exercise also reduces symptoms of depression.
Moderate regular aerobic exercise is the goal. Any aerobic exercise is fine, including running, swimming, and bicycling. Find an activity that you enjoy and are likely to do regularly.
Always listen to your body. If you are just beginning an exercise program, don't overdo it. A walking program is a good way to start, aiming for 1 mile (1.6 km) to 2 miles (3.2 km) at a brisk pace, 4 to 5 times a week, and increasing your distance as you become more fit.
For more information about starting an exercise program, see the topic Fitness.
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