According to the Largest Global Study of Active Women by FitRWoman and Strava, 78% of women say that exercise reduces their symptoms related to their menstrual cycle. And women reported that moderate intensity exercise is most effective at reducing symptoms.
The question 'should I exercise on my period' gets floated around a lot on Google, and between friends all the time. With so much information out there on the internet, we wanted to remind you that if you don't feel like exercising, you absolutely do not have to.
Listen to your body. You come first. Always.
So should you exercise on your period?
We know the feeling - when your cramps are indescribably painful, and the last thing you want to do is hop off the couch, remove the hot water bottle or put the snacks down.So if you do choose to exercise, how can it help you?
Here’s 5 tips to help you decide whether you should and if it will help you feel better on your period.
1. Exercising releases endorphins. A brain chemical that is pain-relieving and releases dopamine. It also helps improve blood flow. Movements that include stretching movements have been said to be beneficial around your period, as it helps soothe cramps.
2. Do exercises you already enjoy. Depending on how you’re feeling, perform exercises that actually make you feel happier. If you love a yoga flow, follow a light yoga sequence, or if you’re really feeling up for it - go to a class! If you love to swim, dive deep and be comfortable wearing your new swimming period pants! Immerse yourself in the energy and presence of others that might make you feel more uplifted!
3. Sweat the bloat. You know that bloated feeling? Exercise can help with that! It’s not unusual for women to hold onto an extra 5-10 pounds of water during their period. Water retention added with cravings can often leave us feeling a little low. But after a good sweat, water leaves the body, leaving you energised and filled with endorphins.
4. Taking it easy. Our biggest advice is to tune into how your body is feeling and your flow. To put it simply, if you’re not feeling up for heavy weights, don’t. If you’re feeling like you want to take things easy, do so. Set a timer, try it for 15 minutes and if you really aren’t feeling up for it, you can always stop.
5. Picking the right period product to accompany your workout. When you’re on your period, the last thing you want is added discomfort. So it’s important you pick the right product that’s going to accompany you and keep you feeling comfortable, confident and able to exercise if you choose to. We recommend our Perform Seamless, Basic Thong, or any of our Ultimate Collection as Tencel™ is sweat-wicking and has a breathable, cooling fabric, which will keep you feeling cool while you sweat it out! Say goodbye to the worry of a tampon string hanging out, or the discomfort of it inserted or the chafing from a pad.
At the end of the day, this is a guide. One that you can pick what resonates and what you want to do. The most important thing at the end of the day is your wellbeing and how you’re feeling on your period. There is no right or wrong way to do exercise on your period - do what feels best for you.
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