Sometimes our period is so intense that we just don’t feel like working out. But physical activity can help us to relieve pain and increase energy levels.
Have you ever experienced intense cramps and the only thing you wish to do is lay down in a fetal position and pray for the pain to go away? I feel you. Exercising during the period might sound counterintuitive, but trust us that can be a powerful tool against cramps.
Tunning with our bodies’ flow and getting to know how our period and cycle work helps us stay tuned with our natural physiology and empowers us to improve our athletic performance and optimize outcomes. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it.
Don’t Focus On the Pain
When we have pain, it’s hard to focus on something else rather than the pain itself. It’s just like a reminder, “Hey, I’m here,” so you can’t think about something else.
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, think about how you’ll feel after a great activity. Even if it’s hard, just give it a try, even if it’s just 10 minutes.
Go Easy On Yourself
You don’t need to do any crazy workout or run endless miles if you don’t feel completely fine and feel pain. Going for a leisure walk, doing a yoga class, or even stretching makes you get the juices flowing and endorphins popping.
Do What You Like
For fitness enthusiasts out there, be aware that this time of the month isn’t the best to go for a CrossFit class or high-intensity or challenging endurance workout. You can still do what you like but try and adapt in a less complicated way to your body. Maybe try a yoga class, hiking, cycling, Pilates, etc.
Get To Know Your Period Cycle
If you get to know in which periods of the month you’re lower in energy due to menstruation, you can plan ahead and won’t need to come up with excuses for not going to the gym or fitness class. You can use cycle-tracking apps such as Clue and Flo.
This one isn’t exercise-related, but taking dietary supplements may help reduce period cramps, thus increase your energy levels. Consider taking calcium; vitamin B6, B1, E, and D; magnesium and zinc; and vitamin B12 to reduce your period pain.