Sometimes the last thing you want to do when on your period is workout. However, you may have fitness goals that can’t be placed on the back burner while Aunt Flow comes to town. You could forget about your fitness goals for a week, or figure out a way to workout anyway. Here are a few perks, tips, and workouts for exercising during your period.
Working Out Boosts Your Mood
Working out releases endorphins which make you feel good. The biggest hurdle is beginning the workout. Especially since you don’t feel like working out. If you can persuade yourself to work out, it will be worth it after.
Working Out Minimizes Migraines
Moving your body increases blood flow. Blood flow helps to minimize the effects of migraines. Make sure to consult your physician first.
Remember to Take Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is always included in my regimen when it’s that time of the month. I definitely make sure to take ibuprofen before or after I workout. If you’re cramping before your workout, take ibuprofen or your preferred NSAID (non steroidal anti inflammatory). The less you’re worried about pain the more you can focus on your workout.
Avoid Salty Foods
You’re probably already bloated. Trust me, I know. So don’t add insult to injury by eating salty foods.
- Yoga – Yoga is all about stretching the muscles. Stretching can open up the hips, which can alleviate pressure and pain. Also, focusing on steady breathing is great for your body and overall mindset. Stick to non-inversion movements.
- Low Volume Strength Training – If you love weight lifting, low volume strength training is for you while Aunt Flow comes to visit. Low volume means less time spent lifting. You’re exhausted to begin with, so why spend so much time working out?
- Light Cardio – If you can muster up the strength to endure heavy cardio or a long distance run, then by all means do it. However, consider a long walk, or a run-jog interval.