Made a new year’s resolution to work out - even if you’re on your period?
Well, we’ve got good news for you - there’s more than one reason to keep working on your fitness. Beyond the fact that exercise is generally in your health’s best interest, working out can also help make your period more bearable. Here’s what to know.
Research has found that some women experience less intense cramps if they exercise regularly. Another benefit of workouts: the water that leaves your body when you sweat can help relieve bloating. Spending at least 30 minutes on a brisk walk, jog, swim, or other aerobic workout a few times a week, throughout your cycle, can help!
Now, let’s discuss what the great Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins makes you happy. Happy people just don’t...” - well, you probably know the rest. She wasn’t wrong. What Elle didn’t mention is that since endorphins are also a natural painkiller, they may relieve painful PMS-symptoms when they’re released during a workout -- that’s in addition to boosting your mood and relieving stress. So, yeah, getting a cardio workout (or a few) in during that time of the month could be SUPER worth it.
That being said, it’s important to listen to your body, so if you’re not feeling up to a workout (PMSing or not), take a slow day! Keep in mind that gentle strolls count as activity and can relieve some PMS discomfort.
As with any major lifestyle changes, be sure to check in with a medical professional if you experience any drastic changes to your period length or flow - sudden or dramatic changes in exercise can affect your natural hormone cycle and affect other systems in your body.
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