Should I work out when it’s that time of the month?
This is a question I used to have and, many of you have asked me. Like with everything, I advise you to listen to your body. You know better than anyone if you can exercise, what kind of exercise you could do without suffering or which is the one that helps the most. Personally, especially in the first days, I do some light and easy movement that helps reduce inflammation via blood flow.
Why is it helpful?
It may seem like the last thing you want to do when you have your period, but working out can help relieve the symptoms that make getting your period so annoying in the first place.
When you sweat, water leaves the body, which can relieve uncomfortable belly bloat. Exercise also releases mood-boosting endorphins, which anecdotal evidence suggests might at least take your mind off discomfort or pain. And, a recent study revealed a correlation between higher levels of physical fitness and fewer PMS symptoms. When your period starts, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop. This hormone shift makes fuel more accessible to your body, allowing you to push harder and get more out of short, fast-paced workouts than you would during other times of the month. Turns out your body temperature is actually lower during your period, which is a low-hormone phase. This allows the body to store more heat without hitting the tipping point of central nervous system fatigue. Not to mention, during this time we can tolerate hotter and more humid climates (hello, hot yoga!)
It’s okay to give yourself a break
All this said, if you’re really just not feeling it, don’t beat yourself up for not going all out. Even just a gentle stroll counts as exercise, and it may help you feel better my love! Take it easy, try out different options (even if your couch is one of them) and get to know what suits you best!