To train while on your period or not? 🤔
That time of the month can bring up some confusion on whether to rest or to continue with your exercise. In this article, we will go over the benefits of exercising while on your period.
It is common for women to experience fatigue, bloating, and overall physical discomfort while on their period. For these reasons, females may think rest is best, but this can be wrong.
Here are the top 3 benefits of exercising on your period
- Decrease Pain – Exercise can actually boost endorphins, which are feel-good hormones, which can help alleviate physical pain, cramps, and even headaches. One of the best ways to increase endorphins is to do cardiovascular training. This can come in the form of light circuit training or steady-state cardio for 30-minutes.
- Push Harder – During your period, the hormone estrogen drops. This hormone shift can make fuel more accessible for your muscles and can actually boost your muscle energy and allow you to push harder through workouts. This is ideal for HITT training. Try doing 10-minutes of HITT training or Tabata training to see if it works for you.
- Decrease Cramping – As outlined above, exercising can decrease cramping by increasing the release of endorphins into your bloodstream. You can also reduce cramping by stretching and deep breathing techniques, as outlined in the ShesTough programs.
For these reasons, we recommend exercising during your period. With that said, always remember to listen to your body. If you are experiencing abnormal symptoms during your period, take the safe approach, and rest. Visit your doctor if symptoms progress. Join one of our shestough transformation programs designed specifically for females like you!