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Yes, we know it can be SO tough working out on your period. It is most likely the last thing you want to do while battling awful cramps and cravings. Especially on the first day of menstruation, you most likely have little to no energy and all you want to do is lay on the couch.
Well, what if we told you there are many benefits to exercising on your period? I know what you’re thinking, “WTF, how am I going to get to the gym, when I can barely get out of bed?” We promise exercising while on your period has many benefits. No one is asking you to run a marathon here, but some light exercises will and can make you feel like the strong girl you are!
We have compiled a list of reasons why working out on your period is beneficial and which work outs to stick to. Ready? Okay, let’s dive in!
Relieve cramps and get your blood moving
When you exercise, it increases circulation of blood through your body. It also increases endorphins, which is a chemical that interacts with the receptors in your brain that reduces the feeling of pain. Endorphins ultimately make your body feel good and trigger positive feelings in your body. This relieves tension in your abdomen, legs and back. I don’t know about you, but my upper thighs FEEL it when I have menstrual cramps, so this is a major plus!
Exercise helps to reduce stress. Think about it, you are going through a lot when you menstruate and your body can feel it. When stressed, it only increases menstrual pains too.
Boost Your Mood and Energy
You know the dreaded PMS mood swings? And when you get your period, how tired and sluggish you can feel? Well, exercise can also help with that! Like we said above, endorphins make the body feel good and have a positive outcome for your overall mood. No more irritable mood swings and snappy reactions...well, hopefully not!
Do you ever dread going to the gym, but after you feel energized and ready to take on the world? Well, it’s the exact same thing on your period or not.
Regulates Your Period
Do you suffer from heavy periods? Did you know if you exercise on your period your flow could become lighter? It’s true! Working out helps to balance your hormones, which is a direct link to how heavy or light your period is.
It works the same if you have an irregular period. Exercising can help your menstrual cycle stay on track and regular.
Tips to Exercising on Your Period
So, like we said above, you don’t need to run a marathon to feel better on your period. You can do these easy exercises, and even do them in the comforts of your own home - major plus! Don’t forget to ALWAYS drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
The Best Exercises While on Your Period
Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more! This will get the blood flowing through your body, which will relieve cramps and make your body feel good. It is great if you can do this even a few days before your period starts, so it relaxes your body and muscles before the cramping even starts. Oh, and you will be zen AF. Namaste! Major plus: you can do this at home!
You don’t have to do anything that is super intense. Don’t be a hero and try to push yourself too much, as low as you’re moving, you are doing something! Put your favourite playlist on, like our Time of the Month Playlist, and do a light walk or run.
This is a great low impact option that lets you move freely. Jump in the pool, do a few laps and you will be feeling fresh as a daisy! For more info read our post about swimming on your period.
ALWAYS listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
Now, What To Wear While Exercising on Your Period?
So, we have gone through the benefits of why you should work out on your period and exercise tips, so now let’s talk about what you should wear. Wear whatever it is you usually wear while exercising. If that is yoga pants and a tank top, or sweats and a t-shirt, throw it on and make sure you are comfortable.
We suggest wearing a tampon or menstrual cup while exercising, as these two options are less bulky. But obviously, if a pad is what you are used to, wear what is best for you! Another great option are period underwear. If you are on a medium to light day, you don’t even need to wear a menstrual product, as our underwear absorb 1-3 teaspoons of blood. But if it’s a heavier day, we suggest wearing something with the underwear. Our underwear is also seamless, so you won’t have to worry about annoying visible panty lines.
You don’t have to do any crazy workout while you have your period to feel the benefits. Like we said, something simple and even at home is just as effective. And don’t forget, ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED! Water is a key element to feeling good, on your period and off it. You will just feel healthier too, which is the best thing you can do for yourself!
*Disclaimer - we are not health or fitness practitioners, so if you have more questions, please talk to a professional*