It’s that time of the month again when your period has arrived. You may have been thinking about doing exercise while on your period, but aren’t sure how to or if you should even pursue it. Studies have shown that exercising during your period can help you feel better overall as it can reduce some symptoms that are present when you have your period, like menstrual cramps.
When it comes to whether or not you should exercise while on your period, the most important thing to do is to listen to your own body. If you don’t want to exercise while on your period, then you don’t have to. There is no right or wrong way to approach a period, and exercise isn’t a ‘must-do.’ If you are planning on giving exercise a go then you should feel confident in doing so while on your period.
Here at Ellebox, we are going to provide you with relevant information and tips for working out on your period, as well as the potential benefits that exercising can have on your period, and words spoken truly from women themselves.
Tips for Working Out On Your Period
First things first, if you want to work out on your period but aren’t sure how to approach it, then we have a few tips for you. When on your period, you may experience symptoms like fatigue, menstrual cramps, tiredness, feeling bloated, and more. All of these symptoms are completely normal, but they can make some women question if exercising is the right thing to do while experiencing them.
It is safe to exercise while on your period, and here are a few tips to get you started:
Don’t over push yourself
The most important thing you can do when on your period, whether exercising or not, is to listen to your body. If you are experiencing symptoms like strong menstrual cramps or you are too fatigued, then don’t feel as though you need to push yourself.
Wear supportive underwear for pads
If you aren’t a big fan of tampons and prefer to wear pads, then this is absolutely okay when exercising. There is supportive underwear for women that can make exercising with a pad much more comfortable and it can help alleviate some of those worries you might have about discomfort.
Staying hydrated when exercising is important even when you aren’t on your period, so why would it matter when I have mine? Staying hydrated during a workout has been claimed to help ease bloating and any discomfort you may be feeling during exercise.
Give high intensity training a go
High-intensity training, are you sure? I am! Studies have shown that during a woman’s menstrual cycle, hormones released in the body from having a period can make it easier for your body to use up fuel that helps you work out.
Stretch to alleviate period pain
Stretching is always recommended before and after a workout to help your muscles, but it can also help to relieve any period pain you might be feeling after a workout.
Potential Benefits of Working Out On Your Period
If you are thinking of working out on your period then there are some potential benefits of exercising that can help you, your period, and your symptoms.
Can help relieve period pain symptoms
Exercising while on your period can help to relieve period cramps. When exercising, our bodies release beta-endorphins, which are internal and natural pain relievers. They have the potential to burn away the chemical reaction in the body that is causing the menstrual cramps during your period.
Can help to reduce the feeling of period fatigue
Often times, one of the symptoms of periods is fatigue. For some women who experience this, it can make them feel like they’ve just run a marathon. So, why then would exercise be a potential benefit? Studies have shown that low-impact exercise such as walking can actually boost energy levels while on your period.
Your period can keep you cool during your workout
For the majority of women on their period, their body temperature actually lowers. This means that when you work out while on your period, your body can handle more heat built up by the exercise, therefore keeping you cool.
It can help with period mood swings
Another common symptom of getting your periods is mood swings. If you experience a change in mood, then this is due to your hormones. Exercising has been proven to release endorphins that help regulate and boost your mood.
Does Exercising Really Help My Period? Let’s Ask!
It’s important to remember that every woman is different compared to the next when they have their period and that the key is to listen to your body. If you don’t feel like exercising, then you don’t have to. However, if you want to give it a shot, then you may be wondering if exercising really does help your period?
There really is no answer to that, rather, if you are interested in giving exercise a go while on your period then listen to your body and see how you feel during your work out. Studies have shown that it can improve overall symptoms and it is completely safe to undertake exercise while on your period. But again, listen to what your body tells you!
If you want to hear what women have said about exercising while on their period, then we have you covered. Annakeara Stinson, a writer for Elite Daily states:
“I have found that working out on your period can be really beneficial, not just because exercise is good for you in general, but because doing so — even if it’s just two or three times during your cycle — can give some of those symptoms relief and make them a bit more bearable.”
Exercising while on your period is completely safe, but the key is to not push yourself. Fitness Blender states:
“Technically, you can carry on with your workouts as you usually would while you’re on your period. However, if you’ve got bad cramps and you’re feeling overly tired, it’s okay to either take down the intensity of your training session or skip the workout altogether – though there are certain types of training that can actually help reduce symptoms. Working out can help boost your mood, reduce your pain, and help you feel less sluggish; yoga, stretching, Pilates, and really light cardio are all great options.”
The choice is completely up to you.
If you want to work out while on your period, then these are simple tips you can follow to make the process a little easier and more comfortable for you. If you don’t want to work out while on your period, then who cares! Exercising on your period isn’t a ‘must,’ and it is absolutely your choice.
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