That time of the month
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Exercise to be practiced during that time of the Month

Exercising during periods seems like a crazy idea when you are already suffering from pain, cramps, bloating, depression, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and nausea.  The suffering during that time of the month is countless.

Bloating, cramps set your pelvis on fire, and along with that exercise, is next to impossible!

Hold on……………..!

Exercising is not at all scary.  It has many benefits including mental and emotional healing.  Women go through a lot of pain and discomfort during their shark weeks and feel that exercise is the last thing that they want to do during their menses. They even don’t like to move an inch due to the immense pain. 

But exercising during periods has no negative effects on the body. It’s difficult to get out of the door or hop on the treadmill.  Yoga has proven to be the best exercise during those difficult days.  Exercise during periods alleviates problems like pain, cramps, bloating, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and nausea.  It increases the production of “feel-good hormones” and it helps to overcome anxiety, depression, and pain.

Why exercise during periods?

Best time to HIIT:

HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training.  During menstruation estrogen and progesterone levels drop so a woman’s body gets more accessible to carbohydrates, this allows them to push themselves harder in the gym and get more out of workouts than other days of the month.

Enhances blood circulation and lightens menstrual cramps

Exercising releases hormones that reduce the sensation of pain.  Exercising also controls stress and so it reduces cramps.  Stress is one of the reasons to cause menstrual cramps.

Keeps you cool during that time of the month

The temperature of a body is lowered during this time.  This is the time when we can tolerate hotter and more humid climates so the workout is the best way to maintain your body temperature.

Regulates irregular periods naturally

Exercising brings an irregular menstrual cycle back on track. To regulate your cycles eat fruits such as papaya, pineapples, and parsley along with exercise, before and during your periods.

Beats fatigue and headaches

Exercising strengthens blood circulation and activates heart muscles which result in high energy levels and it also helps you to overcome tiredness.  Exercising keeps you energized and awake.      

Improved mood and fights PMS

Bad moods and periods go together just like cold drinks and sandwiches.  PMS and mood swings are part and parcel of every woman’s life.  Exercise is the source of positive feelings in the body due to which you can get relief from the discomfort and pain from the body.

 Better performance

Exercising enhances your performance. It’s much better if you exercise during the last two days of your cycle. Increasing the oxygen supply to the muscles.

Gives better sleep

Pain and cramps take a toll on your quality of sleep.  Exercising helps you to get sound sleep.  Exercising relaxes your muscles during that time of the month.  By doing the exercise you can feel more and relaxed.

So book a Yoga / Zumba class, get out all your stress, dance and go for the run…your body will really appreciate you for that. 

The more active you are during your exercise, the better you feel during your period! What are your inhibitions during that time of the month and how do you overcome them? Do let us know in the comments below.

Utpal Khot

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