The physical and mental benefits of exercise don’t stop just because you have your period. In fact, sticking with a routine can actually help ease some of the common complaints that accompany menstruation. Avoiding exercise isn’t going to save energy or make you feel better. Instead of ceasing all activity during your period, use this week as an opportunity to try some new workouts.
Here are five benefits of exercising during your period:
🌷Decreases PMS symptoms - If you experience fatigue and mood swings in the days leading up to your period and during your cycle, regular aerobic exercise may decrease these symptoms.
🌷Taps into your endorphins - Because exercise gives you a natural endorphin high, it can elevate your mood and actually make you feel better.
🌷Experience more strength and power - Some doctors believe the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle (day one being the first day of your period) may allow you to experience greater gains in strength and power due to low levels of female hormones.
🌷Enhance your mood - Exercising at this time will enhance your mood and increase circulation. Exercise also tends to alleviate cramps, headache, or back pain associated with your period.
🌷Combat painful periods - If you get cramps and headaches you know all too well how uncomfortable this time of the month can be. The good news is that exercises such as light walking may help you decrease these symptoms.
We know it's easier said than done, so if you want to keep active but not overwork yourself, try these:
🌷Light walking or other light cardio - Keep your cardiovascular or aerobic exercise at a lower intensity or back off on the amount you do. Consider light cardio, walking, or shorter bouts of aerobic exercise.
🌷Low-volume strength training and power-based activities - Due to the potential for an increase in strength during this time, including low-volume strength training and power-based activities is a smart move
🌷Yoga and pilates - This can help relax your body and potentially reduce symptoms like cramping, breast tenderness, and muscular fatigue and soreness.
The bottom line is this: 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.
Xx The Tammy Fit Team