Exercising On Your Period Helps, Promise!
Sure, it’s the last thing you want to do when you feel like your uterus is exploding on an hourly basis, but honestly, exercising when you’re on your period is really, REALLY good for you. Here’s why…
It 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 of Lena Dunham’s yoga moves.
It Makes You Happier
If you suffer from a low mood due to PMS, then exercise is your friend. Like, BFF. Working out helps your body release dopamine, a chemical which helps increases the feelings of pleasure and happiness.
It Improves Your Sleep
Around 67% of women suffer from sleep problems for two or three days during their menstrual cycle (and the rest!) But 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.
Exercise Is Easier, Legit!
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 Eat What You Want
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 (not that we’re counting) so if you’re working out, you scoff your choc guilt-free! Some studies have even shown that exercise can help reduce your food cravings, so if you feel the need for a Krispy Kreme, hit the gym instead.