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Working out during your period can sound very daunting given the physical and emotional changes in your body at the time. The most important thing is to listen to your body, and take it easy if you feel tired or have cramps/discomfort. Your body is already going through a lot during this sensitive time. However, there are ways to comfortably work out while on your period and reap the benefits that
Low impact exercises
The type of workout you choose during your period can greatly affect your comfort and performance. Low-impact activities like walking, swimming, or cycling are generally better options, as they are easier on your joints and can alleviate cramps and bloating. Yoga and Pilates can also be excellent choices, as they help with flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Check our article here about the ways to work out in tune with your menstrual cycle
Wearing the right gear
Wearing the right workout attire is crucial for comfort during your period. Choose moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics to help regulate your body temperature.
Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during your period. Dehydration can exacerbate cramps and fatigue. Drinking plenty of water not only helps with your workout but also eases some of the common discomforts associated with menstruation.
Experiment with different menstrual products
Additionally, consider investing in high-quality, comfortable menstrual products like tampons or pads specifically designed for active individuals. Pads are generally less comfortable due to the added moisture from sweat. Prioritize tampons or menstrual cups if you are comfortable doing so – menstrual cups are truly a game changer when mastered, in terms of comfort and confidence at the gym (they rarely leak)
Warm up and cool down
Always remember to warm up before any workout and cool down after. These routines are essential to prevent injuries, which can be more likely during your period due to fluctuating hormone levels. Warming up helps prepare your muscles for exercise, and cooling down helps reduce tension and prevent soreness.
Working out on your period doesn’t have to be painful. In fact it can improve your period experience if you balance mouvement with your cycle, which requires experimenting and understanding your body so be patient.