Should you exercise while on your period?
Periods and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can really be a drag. PMS can affect your energy and mood, making exercising high undesirable. Furthermore, periods can cause cramping, discomfort, and pain. This all can significantly impact your ability to exercise. But don’t let this get in your way, as it’s been shown that exercising while on your period can actually have a positive impact! Here are the benefits:
- Exercise increases energy and stabilizes mood
When you exercise you release endorphins, which act as natural mood boosters. These mood boosters can be extremely beneficial when you are feeling down and out. It is common to have mood swings when ovulating, and no one likes to be down and out for too long. So fight that fatigue with exercise and reap the benefits of your endorphins!
- Exercise increases blood flow and eases cramps and headaches
Ever get cramping that time of the month? What about headaches or migraines? If your answer is yes, you will want to consider exercising to alleviate these inconvenient symptoms. When you exercise you boost blood flow all over your body, which helps regulate uneven pressures that could be causing symptoms like headaches and/or cramping. Boost your circulation with exercise!
- Exercise and sweating helps alleviate discomfort
Do you ever feel like you are full of pressure when you are on your period? Do you ever bloat? If so you will want to consider exercising and sweating. Why? When you sweat, water leaves the body, which can promote water retention balancing. Simply said, the more you hold onto water, the more bloated you may feel. So sweat that water out and replace that water by staying hydrated and see what happens to those cramps!
In conclusion, you will want to consider exercising when on your period to help alleviate the symptoms. We recommend doing the ShesTough training program. If your symptoms persist during and after exercising, try exercising at an effort of 50% less than usual. Remember, PMS symptoms can be stressful on your body so listen to your body and adjust your workout accordingly. We recommend exercising at a medium threshold. Always remember to check in with your Doctor if your PMS symptoms aren’t being alleviated with natural strategies.
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