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7 Tips for Exercising While on Your Period

We’ve all been there, either your period is coming or your on it and you just don’t feel like working out! Not to fear, you don't have to fall off track with your fitness goals. Below you’ll find some sure-fire ways to get through your workouts and some great info on why it could be even more beneficial to workout while on your period!

1.Carry pain relief with you.

Most women suffer from menstrual pain, unless you fall into the lucky 10% who don’t. Timing that pain is essential for staying on track with your workouts. Take some kind of over the counter pain relief about 30 minutes before you begin your workout and you will find that you will function at a higher level throughout your workout.

2. Dress for success and comfort.

One of the worst feelings during a period is bloating. You know the feeling, when nothing fits and those comfy yoga pants suddenly seem tighter. No one wants to feel uncomfortable during a workout and since working out doesn’t require you to be cute, grab your comfy pair of yoga pants and your favorite loose top so you can actually enjoy your workout without worrying that everyone is scoping out your bloated waistline.

3. Switch your routine.

Your hormones affect your energy levels, meaning that even if you have a well-crafted routine three weeks out of four, your abilities may be different during your cycle. It’s ok to take it easier when your on your period. Try to learn to read your body well. If you step into a workout and don’t feel up to par, go easier than normal and lower your expectations for yourself. Over the course of the week you may find that you need extra rest and need to alternate some of your more intense workouts with brisk walks instead. That’s ok, just get back on track the following week!

4. Don't be afraid to go for it.

On the other hand, if you are feeling motivated, capitalize on it with HIIT workouts. HIIT workouts are said to be the most effective at targeting your fat during during that time of the month. The balance of estrogen and progesterone within your body means that your body fat stores are more easily accessible during your period, giving you the fuel to workout harder and feel the burn more effectively.

5. Hydrate.

Water retention is common during that time of the month. Drinking less water will not decrease water retention. In fact, most women need to drink more water during their period to flush everything out and keep their digestive system functioning as normal as possible. Cutting down on salt and caffeine can also help to minimize symptoms of bloating.

6. Stretch.

Due to the tenderness of our bodies during our periods, stretching can be extremely relaxing and helpful to our bodies. Stretches that are done facedown can be even more effective at soothing cramping.

7. Take it easier.

Despite all of your efforts to ease the stress of PMS, sometimes there will just be days when your body is asking for a day off. Listen to it. The first three days of a period tend to be the toughest and if you take a few days off each month, it’s not going to have a massive impact on your overall fitness. Sometimes pain is your body’s way of telling you to take some time off. Even if you take a day or two off, you can still eat right, get plenty of sleep and go for a walk if nothing else!

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