It is that time of the month again and the last thing you want to do is hit the gym right? But, did you know you exercise can help relieve all the period related symptoms and actually make you feel good during those days. Firstly, you need to throw all those myths you have heard about exercising during your period out the window and embrace the fact that it is completely safe to workout during your period.
Let us now look at six things about exercising during your period.
Wear the Right Clothes
Before you start your workout, it is important that you wear the right clothes and equipped with the right protection. You may want to wear dark sweatpants in case you are afraid of a leak. It is a good idea to insert a new tampon/ menstrual cup or use a new sanitary napkin before you head out for the workout. You will workout better if you are not concerned with leaking or staining.
Start with Stretching
To avoid injury and ease period cramps, you must make sure that you stretch well before and after you workout. Some stretching exercises are known to be more beneficial than others. Doing yoga during your period is completely fine too. You may, however, want to avoid certain postures that make you concerned about your flow. Rest assured, any exercise is good for you during your period.
Concentrate on Aerobic Workout
While there is no harm in hitting the bench press during your period, it will be more comfortable for you to stick to your cardio workout during your period. Studies have shown that your body temperature is lower than usual when you are on your period. This also means that that run in the treadmill will feel less strenuous. Take advantage and win the treadmill. If you are planning to lift some weights during your period, avoid doing the ones that might strain your back or the stomach.
Workout Performance Will Not Get Affected
Just because you are on your period does not mean you will not be able to rock your workout. Unless your flow is extremely heavy, it is unlikely that your performance will get affected in anyway. In fact, there have been studies that have shown women to perform just as well during their period as when they are not.
It is all the more important for you to stay hydrated during your period, especially when you workout. Make sure you drink enough water before, during and after your workout. Do not drink too much water at once. Instead, keep sipping water frequently to keep your body nourished.
Pain Relievers Can Help
If you are suffering from stomach cramps and do not want to miss your workout, it is okay for you to go ahead and take an over-the-counter pain medication. Make sure you consult your doctor once to know about the right medication.
There is no reason why your period should hold you back from getting your regular dose of exercise. In fact, you will do yourself a favour by working out during your period as you will find yourself feeling a lot better after you finish your workout. But, if you are really not up for a workout during the first two days of your cycle, it is completely fine to take a break and use this opportunity to relax a bit. Make sure your remember to hit the gym on day three and resume your regular workout routine.