Ugh, it’s that time of the month, again. And all you wanna do is sit around eating cookies and cream, sip on some hot cocoa or maybe eat a whole pizza while crying over a character’s death in Squid games. And you’re definitely taking a break from your workout sesh. But why?
Are you afraid of getting worse cramps? Or of being even more tired than you already are? Or maybe someone told you it’s unsafe?
Let me bust these misconceptions for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with working out during these days. Rather, I’ll fill you in with a secret. It’s actually good for you.
Why You Should Workout
Your regular monthly visits by satan aren’t fearsome due to the blood being drained out of you, but the other issues that follow along. These could be cramps in the abdomen, legs and lower back, nausea, mood swings, bloating, depression and fatigue.
But rather than sleeping these symptoms away, you can still find yourself just as energized as you usually are. How? You know the answer already.
You just work your way out of these.
Exercising can increase the production of endorphins in the body (these are the feel good hormones) that’ll take care of your depression and mood swings.
Light exercises or swift walking are also associated with reducing period cramps. That sounds like a win for your abdomen, legs and lower back.
Exercises You Can Do During Your Periods
Now that we know that you can actually alleviate your symptoms with some exercise, let’s dive into the best exercise you should opt for.
The easiest, no equipment, no gear exercise: this one is definitely a favorite. It doesn’t even have to be an exercise. Craving that scoop of your favorite iced creaminess, get on your feet and walk to the store.
Go on a walk with your dog so you get some fresh air. Talk to a friend while you keep walking across the room- I’m sure you can manage talking for thirty minutes or so.
There you have it, walking.
But if you want to indulge into it as an exercise, or amp it up a notch, tie your hair, carry a bottle of water and go for a light jog in the park around the corner.
This could be anything, a jog, a run, skipping a rope, going for a swim, getting into that aerobics or zumba class. Whatever you opt for, don’t go overboard. Your body knows your limit better than your mind does. Don’t set a definite goal of how far you’ll run or many jumps you can manage.
Go slow and steady.
Be mindful of your body.
Yoga and Pilates
Some good ol’ stretching is great for your cramps. Yoga can be a great option to relax your body while pilates can give you a good stretch to cope with those cramps. Whatever you do, don’t try a pose or a stretch that you haven’t done before.
Light Strength Training
You can always go for some light weights if you feel up for it. Just make sure you don’t indulge in strenuous training and choose lighter weights than what you’re usually used to.
If you want a boost that helps you get on your feet, you can pop a delta-8 gummy before you start working out. These can help you relax, reduce pain and nausea while pushing you for your workout session. Want to get these gummies for that time of the month? Learn more here.
Things to Avoid During Your Periods
Like a coin, everything has two sides to it. Here, the other side is dedicated to the exercises you shouldn’t prefer during your menstrual cycle. These, however, depend entirely on your own workout experiences so far, your stamina and flexibility.
- Don’t go for H.I.I.T workouts, they can be draining for you
- Don’t workout for prolonged periods, a little goes a long way
- Avoid yoga poses that lead to a pull on your uterus
The idea of working out during these days is to find relief from cramps, nausea and mood swings and you don’t need anything too strenuous for that purpose. Just getting out of bed and moving around, light exercises and stretches are enough to give you the boost you need to get through these days.