A roundup of easy, effective tips for getting your body ready to remain active even while on your period! Don’t let your ‘time of the month’ stop you from doing what you love and what’s good for your body!
A few weeks ago we discussed natural ways to ease PMS symptoms. That post got a GREAT response and you all seemed very interested in learning more about ways to stay healthy and happy when you’re on your period. Well, as a follow-up to that informative I wanted to talk about staying active on your period!
Most of the readers of this blog are fitness lovers just like me and actively participate in some sort of movement daily. It can be hard for this normal routine to get disrupted during your ‘time of the month’…especially when you’re not feeling well, run down, or dealing with PMS. But that doesn’t have to be the case!
Today I am sharing 7 Healthy Tips for Staying Active During Your ‘Time of the Month’! Easy, effective suggestions you can implement into your everyday life that allow you to keep movin’ and groovin’ no matter what your body is going through. The important things are to stay comfortable, healthy, and happy. You can do all 3 of those things with this go-to guide. 🙂
Usually when it comes to workouts, the recommendation is GO HARD, go big or go home, keep pushing! But on your period, taking things easy and stepping back your usual intensity and duration can be exactly what you need. It’s more about getting some sort of activity in rather than going ‘balls to the wall’. Pun intended. 😉 Try a relaxing yoga workout, light cardio outdoors, or a resistance workout using moderate weights!
Catch Some Zs
On regular days, it’s important to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This is especially true when you’re on your period. Menstruating zaps your energy which can make completing a workout less likely to happen. So aim for 8-10 hours of sleep when on your period so that you’ll feel energized, rested, and ready to get active.
Bolster Your Diet
Your period usually comes with ‘junk food’ cravings, right? Well those type of foods don’t do much to make you feel good or to fuel a workout. Reach for more fruits and veggies while on your period than you normally would in order to quell PMS symptoms, stay hydrated, and keep you energized for some activity. When you eat good, healthy foods that’s what you begin to crave! So eating enough smart choices throughout your day can make a huge difference.
Reach for a Heating Pad
Not only do heating pads feel comforting and relaxing during your period, but they can help ease cramps and soothe sore muscles. The better your tummy and your muscles feel the more likely you’ll feel up to getting up, getting out, and getting active even while on your period!
Drink Like a Fish
Drinking water when you’re already feeling puffy, bloated, and fluid filled may seem like the last thing you want to do. But drinking water actually helps flush our your body of other fluids, boosts energy (which is needed for a good workout!), and will make sure you stay hydrated during your sweat session.
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Do Something…or DON’T
At the end of the day what’s important is LISTENING to your body. If you really don’t feel up to exercising or working out…DON’T. Don’t force yourself to be active when your body is begging for rest. Your period takes a lot out of you so it’s important to get adequate downtime to be able to function and complete all the other necessary things you have to accomplish during your day. Exercise will always be there and workouts always are more enjoyable when you’re feeling up to them anyways! 🙂
I also gathered some tips from friends on their favorite ways to stay active while on their period!
Dancing in the mirror! Also it helps me to put on my loosest activeware and remind myself that my body is most likely not going to reflect the workout I just did no matter how intense because my body is retaining water and bloating. Keeps me mentally sane and able to enjoy the workout! | Cayanne
If you try to stick to your normal routine, you wont focus on any discomfort. Normal routine for me is sticking to my normal workouts and activities (meetings and such), so I feel better mentally, like “hey, I’m not going let this get me down!” | Priya
I find that I’m always more tired around my time of the month, which is my body’s way of telling me I need more sleep to repair itself. To make sure I have enough energy to workout I make sure I get to bed a little earlier during my time of the month so I can get more sleep. | Kayla
My advice is to stop thinking ‘all or nothing’ – even if your workout isn’t as intense as usual, it’s not a bad workout. One way to figure out how high the intensity of your workout should be, is to listen to your body and do the warm-up: If it makes you feel worse, maybe it’s best to skip. If it doesn’t, go for moderate intensity, and if warming up makes you feel better, simply go for it! | Anne
I make sure to drink tons of water (even more than usual) to keep bloat to a minimum as well as eat healthy (low salt) foods so I don’t feel so icky when I workout. I always feel so much better after working out and find the bloat reduced and have a renewed sense of energy. I think my best advice is to not let your time of the month affect how you live your life (unless its debilitating pain of course). You can still exercise and push yourself as much as you see fit. Altering your workouts or intensity around your monthly schedule can help. I find that yoga, weightlifting, or swimming really help to calm the cramps! | Keri
Instead of intense workouts, I go for long walks or stretch depending upon how I am feeling. It helps me feel much better, especially with my back pain and bloating. | Dixya
As much as I might want to crawl back into bed that 1st day, I force myself to stick to my regularly scheduled workout. If I can get through those first 10 minutes, I start to feel much better and I always glad I did it. | Deborah
Drink lots of water. Drinking water helps rejuvenate the body and keeps it working optimally. I also recommend taking magnesium to help with cramping. | Julie
For me, the important part is being active. I dial back my intensity if I don’t feel well. I lightened up my weights today. And decreased my workout time. But I got moving. Walking and talking with a friend is usually my go to. Simple, low exertion, and I get to chat with a friend too. | Jessie
Do you exercise during your ‘time of the month’?
How do you ensure you stay active and comfortable when you you’re on your period?
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