Posted on May 12 2018
It may seem like the last thing you want to do when you're on your monthly cycle, but exercise can actually improve your period. While our menstrual cycle can lead to cramping, bloating, and fatigue, exercise can help take away some of your period blues. Here are some tips for exercising through your period and why it may actually help.
Before you hit the gym or engage in exercise of any other kind, keep these tips in mind if you are on your cycle.
Don't ignore your body signals- No matter what, your body will tell you if you're pushing too hard. During your cycle, pay extra attention to what your body is telling you. If you just can't make yourself do it, then don't. We sometimes need to rest as well.
Drink extra water to ward off bloating- Believe it or not, drinking water can actually combat the bloating. If you are exercising, especially in warmer weather, make sure you are drinking extra water during your monthly cycle. Because you'll be sweating more, you will need to compensate for that as well.
Make sure you stretch- Before you start any exercise, you should always stretch in general. During your cycle, it's especially important because just stretching can also help with things like bloating and cramps. Plus, with fatigue on board, stretching helps wake up those muscles and gets them ready for exercise.
Take a pain reliever before you start- If you feel you need to, take an over the counter pain reliever a couple of days before you expect your period. That way, when your cycle hits you will have it already. Also, take some before you go to the gym. Make sure to take it about an hour before you plan on exercising so it has time to work.
Skip doing some yoga positions- Many yogis will advise against doing certain yoga positions during your period. These include mostly inverted positions because they have been shown to almost give you an increase in cramps. However, some yoga can be amazing during your period. Try poses such as child pose for cramping.
Give Interval training a try- It may surprise you, but interval training is really great while on your period. While you may feel fatigue, you also can get an extra boost of energy that can be great if you do HIIT training. Additionally, there's been some research that shows that during a woman's monthly cycle, she has an easier time using up carbs and converting them to energy boosting your fatigue-fighting abilities.
Why Exercise Can Be Amazing for your Period
It can lessen your cramps and bloating- Exercise during your period can actually help you reduce your cramps and bloating. The movement of certain stretches and movements helps in this department.
It helps boost your mood- Because exercise is a natural endorphin releaser, it can really help with boosting your mood and getting you out of that PMS funk.
It fights fatigue- It seems counterintuitive, but exercise can boost your energy levels and this can fight the fatigue that is has often accompanied many women's periods.
It can even help over time- Exercise, if done on a regular basis, can help shorten period time as well as regulate periods that are off-cycle. I find that it shortens the time that my period lasts and for me that's a major benefit!
I hope these tips can help you enjoy exercise when Mother Nature comes around. Keep in mind that I am not a trained medical professional and you should consult with one if you have questions about your monthly cycles and exercise.
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