Are you someone who ditches the gym during your periods? If yes, you need to rethink. Kiran Gandhi, a woman from London was in news for running the London marathon during her periods that too without a tampon. Sounds crazy? But it isn’t. Kiran did this to raise awareness among women who lack access to feminine hygiene products while she crossed the finish line in blood-soaked pants.
So, if she could run 27 miles bleeding freely, then at least rest of us can say yes to an hour’s fitness class during our periods. Right? In fact, you might be surprised to know that multiple studies have claimed that women who get moving during their periods feel better due to the same.
If we have convinced you enough to exercise during your next periods, here are a few things you need to keep in mind when you do so.
Helps in reducing period-related symptoms
Though it might be the last thing you want to do during your periods, working out can actually help relieve symptoms that make your periods so annoying. The more active and regular you are, the better your periods are, says an expert.
How does it help?
When you sweat while working out, excess water leaves your body making you feel less bloated. Exercising as we know also releases mood-boosting hormones, endorphins, which helps take off your mind from the pain and discomfort. A recent study also claims that higher the levels of physical fitness, fewer the symptoms of PMS.
This might be the best time to do HIIT
Though we often hear that taking a stroll and light workout are some apt things one can do to be active during their periods but new studies say otherwise.
When you start with your periods, your estrogen and progesterone levels decrease. This shift in hormone makes fuel more accessible to your body, allowing you to push harder and work harder. Thus, it makes it the perfect time to practice fast-paced workouts as compared to other days of the month.
Helps you combat period pain
Painful periods also called dysmenorrhea is a common problem among women. And one who suffers from it, knows very well how hard the pain can make it to sail through this time. But the good news is that light exercises like walking and yoga may help decrease the pain.
It keeps you cool
Your body temperature is lower during your periods. Your body stores more heat without hitting the tipping point of the central nervous system fatigue. During this time we can tolerate hotter and humid climate.
You can make it comfortable
If you know your periods are coming up, do not let the pain sneak up on you. It is completely okay to take a pain reliever 24-48 hours before your periods are due. By doing so, you can lower your symptoms that might become the reason you can’t go to the gym.
It’s okay to take a break
If you are not feeling it, do not push yourself too much for going out or working out. And if you cannot do some intense exercise, you can go for a gentle stroll or some easy movements. Some light movements help reduce inflammation via blood blow. But if you feel terribly sick, it’s okay to take rest for a day or two.