Every woman who is of age is unfortunately all too familiar with the negative effects associated with PMS, or premenstrual syndrome. Bloating, fatigue, cramps, and lousy moods are just a few of the annoyances that come along with a woman’s monthly misfortune. Luckily, there are some things women can do that will make them feel better and possibly lessen the negative effects that accompany periods. The main remedy? Possibly exercise. When done correctly, exercising is an all-around good habit for anyone. Although women may experience pain or discomfort while menstruating, there are many great exercises that can be done comfortably during this time.
Some examples of good exercises to conduct when on your period:
- Aerobics— If you’re not the best at making your own workout routine, try attending an aerobics class. You can select the level of difficulty you feel comfortable with, and exercising alongside an instructor and other classmates will push you to work harder.
- Dancing— Dancing is not only a vigorous activity good for exercising, but it’s fun to boot. Try a Zumba or hip hop dance class to loosen your muscles and your mood at the same time.
- Running/jogging or walking— When you’re feeling well enough, lace up your shoes and go outside for a run. If you’ve never experienced runner’s high before, let this be your motivation! On days you’re not feeling your best, try slip at least a walk in to get you moving.
- Yoga— Although some poses might not be ideal for when you’re on your period, namely the inverted poses, yoga is an extremely strengthening as well as relaxing exercise. The many different types of yoga you can choose from will allow you to personalize your work out experience to make it fit your body and style.
Exercising during your period can help to:
- Improve your mood— When you exercise, you are enabling the release of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the hormones and chemicals inside of us that make us happy. If you’re feeling especially down, get a work out in to increase your endorphin release and subsequently improve your mood.
- Boost your self-esteem— Who doesn’t feel good about themselves when working out? Exercise is one of the best self-esteem boosters out there, and will make you feel great about your body.
- Reduce fluid retention— No woman likes retaining water because it gives off the appearance of being heavier than actuality, and bloating. Exercising may help to reduce the occurrence of fluid retention.
Are you taking a few days off due to PMS? Maybe you need to reconsider…