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Exercises Throughout Your Cycle

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Exercising is a component of physical activity that helps people to stay toned, get energized and release dopamine (happy hormones). Many times you may have wondered if it is medically permissible to exercise when you are on your period or if it is even necessary at all. Well, rest your mind. In this article, we will navigate the reasoning behind exercising when you are bleeding and the entirety of your cycle.

Benefits of Exercising Throughout Your Cycle

The physical and emotional advantages of exercise do not cease during menstruation. In fact, maintaining a routine might help relieve some of the painful symptoms associated with menstruation. Both progesterone and estrogen are at their lowest levels over the full duration of the period phase of the menstrual cycle. This might cause some girls and women to feel fatigued and less energized. Consequently, skipping exercise will neither conserve energy nor improve your mood. Instead of discontinuing all physical activity during your period, use this week to try out new exercises.

Here are five advantages of working out during your period.

  1. Gain greater strength and power - Due to low levels of female hormones, the first two weeks of your monthly cycle (day one being the first day of your period) may allow for larger improvements in strength and power, according to one research.

  2. Improve your mood - Exercise at this time is likely to improve your mood and increase your blood circulation. Period-related cramps, headaches, and back discomfort are typically alleviated by exercise.

  3. Combat painful periods - Women who endure painful periods are well aware of how painful this time of the month can be. The good news is that light-intensity workouts such as walking may help reduce these symptoms.

  4. Reduce PMS symptoms - If you experience fatigue and mood fluctuations in the days leading up to and during your period, moderate aerobic exercise may reduce these symptoms.

  5. Utilize your endorphins - Since exercising boosts your endorphins, it can improve your mood and make you feel better. Endorphins are natural painkillers, so when they are released during exercise, you may experience pain relief.

The Top Workouts To Perform During Your Period

If you tend to flow heavily during the first few days of your period, you may experience the greatest discomfort. Ensure gentle motions and exercises form the bulk of your activity.

  1. Walking or other mild aerobic exercises

  2. Low-volume strength training

  3. Yoga and Pilates

  4. Dancing

  5. Swimming

Exercises To Avoid On Your Period

  1. Avoid vigorous workouts.

  2. Avoid engaging in lengthy exercises.

  3. In yoga, inversion positions are not advised.

With this said, it is important to note that you should be open to exercising throughout your cycle due to the enormous health benefits and stress release it brings. Remember not to over-exercise but listen to your body. It is very important! Always start slow and you may increase moderately to what you can endure easily.

Remember to always #askGrace on all issues relating to your cycle. We remain resolute to serve you with the best reproductive health information right in the app tailored just for you!

Stay informed, stay in control.

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