Wait, can I exercise on my period?
Of course! Gone are the days of Mother Nature leaving you bed-ridden for a week. Girl, you are just as powerful period or not.
Let’s face it, our periods can make us feel pretty crappy sometimes. From bloating, to sore boobs, PMS symptoms are deffo a bit of a downer. But it's super important not to let your period get in the way of you living your best life. If you want to hit the gym, go for a run or even to the pool during your monthly, you go girl. There’s nothing stopping you from taking on the world one netball match at a time.
So if you’re thinking of ditching this week's P.E lesson cos of PMS there’s a couple things you might want to consider.
Why do I get PMS?
Almost 85% of women experience some form of PMS during their cycle. And while your deffo not alone, try to remember that PMS affects everyone differently. Some people really suffer during their cycle, with bloating, tiredness, irritability, increased hunger, cramps and sore boobs, while others get off scot-free. Hey we never said the world was fair.
These symptoms are caused by changes in our hormone levels and can start up to ten days to two weeks before your period. It might start by feeling more tired or emotional than usual and could lead to more physical discomfort. Taking painkillers, relaxing with a hot water bottle and most importantly exercise can help soothe this.
Why exercise helps.
Engaging in exercise will release endorphins, these magical hormones will help lift your mood and take your mind off the slightly more gruelling symptoms that come with being a woman.
Not only does getting your heart-rate going produce hormones studies show that getting a bit sweaty will help reduce that annoying bloat.
On top of this, maintaining a healthy active lifestyle especially on your period will make you far less likely to suffer from cramps. It's a no brainer really.
What if I just can’t?
Hey girl, don’t sweat it. Sometimes it all gets a bit too much and you simply can’t fathom getting dressed let alone engaging in anything vaguely physical. It’s totally fine to medicate with tea, chocolate and a bubble bath every once in awhile. Just make sure your period isn’t getting in the way of you enjoying a healthy lifestyle. If you do think your symptoms are really severe and get in the way of you functioning normally, perhaps you should talk to your GP as this could indicate something more serious.
Tbh it's totally your call. If you fancy doing some light exercise on your period, it’s deffo a good idea. But if you simply can’t face it and would rather stay in bed and binge watching Riverdale on netflix until your PMS passes, that’s OK too. Remember nobody knows your body as well as you do.