5 reasons you should be exercising on your period
There’s no excuse not to hit the gym when you’ve got your period – in fact, it’s the perfect time, and here’s why.
Exercise can help relieve cramps
You probably don’t feel like going on a 10 mile run if you suffer from period pain, but exercise can be a great natural pain reliever. Working out helps ease cramps by increasing the blood flow and producing the happy hormone, endorphin, which relieves stress and stop your muscles tensing so much. If you don’t feel like pushing yourself too much, go for walk or try some yoga.
Working out can make you feel happier
If you suffer from a low mood due to PMS, then exercise is your friend. Exercise helps your body release dopamine, a chemical which helps increases the feelings of pleasure and happiness.
Exercise can improve your sleep
Around 67% of women suffer sleep problems for two or three days during their menstrual cycle. One thing that can help combat sleep issues is a trip to the gym. A report by the National Sleep Foundation found that those who exercised regularly were almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to have a good night’s sleep.
You’ll actually find your workout a lot easier
During your period your female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone – are at their lowest. Some experts believe this dip can actually improve your athletic prowess, making your feel more powerful and able to do more. During this time, woman have also been shown to recover quicker, meaning you won’t have so many aches after your Zumba class.
You can give into those PMS cravings
If you’re working out on a regular basis, then it won’t hurt to occasionally give in to your cravings once in a while. It would take about 30 minutes of swimming lengths to burn off a standard size bar of Dairy Milk so if you’re working out frequently, you can afford to indulge a little! Some studies have even shown that exercise can help reduce your food cravings, so if you feel the need for a Krispy Kreme doughnut, hit the gym instead.