Does the thought of working out while on your period make you nervous? If you’re concerned about how your period will affect your fitness routine, you’re not alone. Many people skip their workouts during this time of the month, but there’s really no reason to skip out on exercise just because you have your period!
In fact, sticking with a routine can actually help ease some of the common complaints that accompany menstruation.
The period is a complex time from a hormonal standpoint for the body. Both progesterone and oestrogen are at their lowest during the entire length of the period phase of the menstrual cycle, which can make people feel tired and less energetic.
However, 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 four benefits of exercising during your period.
Decrease PMS symptoms
If you experience fatigue and mood swings in the days leading up to your period and during your cycle, regular aerobic exercise could help lessen these symptoms.
Tap into your endorphins
Because exercise gives you a natural endorphin high, it can elevate your mood and actually make you feel better. One of the main benefits of exercise while on your period is the endorphin release and workout “high.” Since endorphins are also a natural painkiller, when they release during exercise, you may feel relief from uncomfortable periods.
Enhance your mood
Exercising at this time of the month enhances your mood and increases circulation. Exercise also tends to alleviate cramps, headache, or back pain associated with your period.
Combat painful periods
If you experience painful periods, also called dysmenorrhea, 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.
The first few days of your period may be the most uncomfortable, especially if you tend to bleed a lot during this time. That’s why a focus on gentle movements and exercises should top your list of activities.
The best exercise during your period is the one you feel like doing. If you’re not experiencing any discomfort from your period, feel free to continue with your regular exercise routine. Just be mindful of the adjustments your body makes during this time. If you find that your body isn’t performing like it usually does, give yourself a break and ease up on the intensity.