In a previous article, I talked about things you should avoid during your period. Among the things that I discouraged women from doing while on their period was lounging too hard and skipping out on exercise. So to answer your question, yes, you should absolutely exercise when you are on your period.
Even so, how hard should you go when you decide to hit the gym while on your period? Are there any advantages to exercising during your period? Should it be business as usual? Well, worry not. This article is dedicated to answering all the above questions!
Benefits of exercising on your period
A lot of women skip their workouts during this time of the month, and for good reason. You’re hella moody and cramping. But do you know that sticking with a routine can actually help ease some of the common complaints that accompany menstruation? I’ve got you interested now, huh? Well, read on to find out the benefits that come with exercising on your period.
Enhance our moods
During this time of the month, we get so moody and irritable. Exercising can solve this, though. According to fitness instructors, when you exercise, you release endorphins, otherwise known as the happiness hormone. This hormone helps with countering mood swings and so, you can stay on the up-and-up!
Still, on the hormone endorphin, it has been proven to be a natural painkiller. Therefore, when they are released during exercise, you may feel relief from uncomfortable cramps and pains.
The best exercises to do on your period
Even though exercise is recommended during your period, a focus on gentle movements and exercises should top your list of activities.
This is probably the easiest thing in the world to do, but also very useful during your period. You can talk a walk or do light jogging while listening to some music around your house or in a park nearby your house. Remember to keep it brief. About 20-30 minutes is enough. Do not over-exert yourself.
Yoga not only has amazing benefits during your period, but also during pregnancy! During your period, yoga offers great relief especially if you have a heavy flow and bad cramps. This is because this exercise has so many poses that help release tension from the abdomen.
If you are up to it, try some low-volume exercises at the gym. You should decrease the weight you might normally use. No really heavy-duty lifting at this time in your cycle.
If you are a cardio girl, don’t go all out during this time of the month. Instead, go for light cardio exercises such as swimming (yes you can swim during your period. How? Tampons), cycling and some dancing. Even with these light exercises, remember not to overdo them.
The bottom line is this: You should most definitely continue with exercise, but back off on the intensity, especially if you’re feeling fatigued. Vary your workouts, take extra time to recover, and honour what you’re capable of. Most importantly, listen to what your body is telling you.