Tiredness, a feeling of not wanting to go out, reaching for the chocolate. All things that can happen when you’re on your period. Instead of steering clear of exercise it’s important to do something to boost your mood.
Here's how to Hussle those negative feelings away to feel better during your period:
You probably don’t feel like scaling a mountain, and it’s like your body is telling you to ease off a bit. So listen to your body, and keep cardio light. Some light walking is ideal. In fact it’s been shown that your lungs work better later on in your cycle so save the more vigorous cardio for then.
There can be an increase in strength when you’re menstruating, so including low-volume strength and power-based activities makes total sense. Kettlebells, bodyweight exercises, stretching, all of these make sense at a low intensity.
Relaxing into exercise is a great way to motivate you through your period. Starting off with some stretches and flowing movements can actually help prevent cramping and muscle tiredness later on in your cycle.
During your period is the best time to really listen to your body and ease off for a bit, but still maintain flexibility and movement.
If you don’t experience any symptoms during your period then you should just be able to continue as usual with your exercise programme, but more often than not, you’ll feel a little more tired at least.
This is why you should really try and ease off during menstruation, and don’t go flat out on the hill running. Cut back on the intensive cardio, and endurance training is probably best left for days when you’re not on your period.
Carry on with moderate levels of exercise though, and you’ll soon be ready to smash out the tough workouts again.
I definitely feel more tired and moody during my period so not so up for exercising. But because I know exercise makes me feel perky I do try and force myself to do something. but I don't feel so energetic.
I'm a bit surprised that it matters for those of us for whom periods are just an inconvenience (I realise that isn't everyone). I just carry on as normal with the usual, er, adjustments!