Should you work out when you’re on your Period?

Why avoid the subject when it’s completely natural?!

Now, I’ll be honest, this is one of those subjects where I’ve kind of avoided talking about. But then I realised, why should we avoid it, it’s completely natural. Maybe this is just one of those posts that the girls should read, but, I think guys should be aware as it’s something all girls go through. A Period. It’s been spoken about recently on social media if we should or shouldn’t exercise whilst on our periods, let’s discuss.

It comes to that time of the month where us girls get bloated, feel icky and a little sluggish to say the least. But exercise is going to help reduce all those feelings! When you exercise you release endorphins which can help relieve all those annoying period-related symptoms, like anxiety, headaches and bloating. I know exercise might be the last thing you want to do, but even if it’s just going for a walk for 20 minutes, it’s going to benefit your mind and body hugely!

The more active you are as a whole is going to help with your periods on a monthly basis. Exercise can help with that monthly flow, keeping them lighter and less painful the more active you are in your day to day life. However, if you are active and still have issues with your period, then maybe consult a doctor for some professional advice.

Reduce that period belly bloating!

That belly bloating when you are on your period can be painful. Thankfully, I’m one of the lucky ones and don’t seem to get too much period pain, or at all *touch wood*. But keeping active during your period will keep the swelling of your stomach to a minimum. Again, I completely understand that sometimes you would rather just relax in a hot bath in candlelight. BUT, when you workout and get a sweat on, your body releases water, aiding to help that uncomfortable bloating feeling. Again, like I mentioned earlier, it could just be a power walk to get your heart racing a little.

HIIT is great for when you are on your period!

Yep, you heard me right there! High-intensity interval training might be more beneficial when you are on your period. Your estrogen and progesterone levels in the body have lowered, meaning you can access carbohydrates stores in the body easier than normal. Meaning you might find you have more energy to bust out a quick HIIT workout for 20 minutes, great for fat burning!

Although you might think Yoga is great for those times you are on your period, they are more relaxing and not too intense. As much as there is nothing wrong with doing yoga, as it’s beneficial for so many different things, depending on what poses you are doing it could actually make your period worse. Poses which consist of you doing headstands or anything where your head is lower than the rest of your body, could increase the blood vessels in your uterus making you bleed more, sorry to be so graphic! This could also result in worsened period cramps, not something any girl wants more of! So just be mindful when you are hitting the yoga studio whilst on your period!

Listen to your body.

Probably the main advice anyone could give. Listen to your body and understand if it’s more your mind telling you to be lazy, or you are genuinely not in a good place. If you aren’t, do something light. You don’t have to carry on with that 45-minute spin class or that hour-long circuit class you do to every week. But they could also benefit you A LOT. Get out and go for a walk, do your own circuit session at the gym of bodyweight exercises. You have to do what’s right for you.

If you have any concerns about your period, go and speak to a GP and get some advice. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, they are completely natural, normal things which happen to every female. It shouldn’t be a taboo subject! Any questions let me know, I’d love to know what you guys think of me talking about such an ‘awkward’ topic too, comment below!

Love

V x

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