Ouch! Now that your period has come around, you’re probably already deciding which days you can’t go to the gym. Why? When it comes to period symptoms, there’s definitely a few that make you feel as if you’re out of service. From the fatigue to the headaches, you can only hope that on top of it, you’re not forced to deal with cramps.
The pain in your uterus might be enough to keep you down for the count, but you should still try to exercise. Again, you ask why?
Exercising releases endorphins and endorphins can help to relieve period symptoms that involve pain like headaches and cramps. While your body might not be ready to do a complete CrossFit or P90x workout, scheduling time for exercise won’t only be beneficial for your health, but it will also help your period symptoms. Need a few workout ideas? Check out these workout modifications that you can do if you have your period!
Before you even think about starting your workout, you should stretch. While this holds true for regular exercise, you should adopt this for the time when you have your period. Stretching is something that helps lengthen your muscles, and this is something that will help relieve cramping.
Many people don’t know how to stretch properly, and if you don’t, stretching or over-stretching can lead to injury. If you’re not sure how to properly stretch, try centering your workout around yoga. There are tons of different poses you can do that will help relieve your period cramps. From a simple forward bend to a more advanced wide-angle seated pose, yoga will do your body and your cramps wonders.
If you need another exercise to try out, try jumping in the pool! When you swim, the pressure from the water helps increase circulation throughout the body. In turn, this can help ease your cramps and give you a slight respite from the pain and discomfort.
PUSH THROUGH THE FIRST 10 MINUTES
While it might be hard to exercise in general, all you need to do is make sure you get through the first 10 minutes. As we mentioned before, exercising allows your body to release endorphins, and these endorphins are what will help relieve your cramps. Although it’s easy to struggle through the first few minutes, once you get past that marker, your body will instantly become energized.
KEEP IT LIGHT
Don’t overdo it! When you have your period, you might feel bleh. You know what we mean! This could be due to a combination of cramps, bloating, fatigue, and headaches. Many women think that in order to bypass this feeling, they need to go hard in the gym.
DON’T do this! Since your body is already feeling week and fatigued, this is a sure-fire way to hurt yourself on top of the cramps that you’re probably dealing with. Rather than upping your workout or even keeping it the same, modify it! If you’re used to doing 45 minutes on the treadmill, opt for 30 minutes. If you’re lifting weights, you don’t have to decrease the weight, but try adjusting to fewer reps! It’s all about keeping your endorphins up but not exerting yourself enough to injure yourself!
If you have your period, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be able to exercise! While your cramps might seem like they’re trying to put you down for the count, following these exercise tips should help relieve your cramps long enough to get your body right!