Getting your period can really screw things up sometimes (see here), but you don’t have to let it control your life. Yes, when your period comes your gut reaction may be to go into a Netflix-chocolate induced hibernation but working out may actually make you feel better. Bonus: you won’t even have to change out of those yoga pants you’ve been sporting for the past three days.
1. Best Workout Ever(?)
The recommended period while on your period? Surprisingly, experts recommend high-intensity interval training (HIIT). When your period starts, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop, making it easier to use fuel (carbohydrate/glycogen) and therefore allowing you to push harder. So, push it real good!
Drink up that H20 now even more than usual. Not only is hydration important for your normal workout, but it can also help fight period-related symptoms like cramps, bloating, headaches, etc.
3. Go for a Swim
You may have ruled out swimming as a bad idea, but it’s actually a fantastic period workout. Swimming helps circulation, which may reduce cramps. So dive in.
4. Get Zen
You may be sore during your period, so what’s better than a good stretch? Yoga will help with your mental well-being, tone your muscles and relieve some of your aches and pains. Namaste!
5. Pack Protection
Don’t forget to pack your choice of fem hygiene products. If you don’t like tampons, there are other options like period underwear for light days.
6. Listen to Your Body
If your body is telling you to take it easy or if you are cramping, skip the cardio class and do a low-intensity workout like walking or biking. No one knows your body better than you, boo.