Life Is Tough But So Are You.
It’s that time again and there are many names for it, you can call it “mother nature,” or my personal favorite, “Aunt Flow has come to visit.” We all know, or maybe it’s just me, that Aunt Flow tends to find the worst and often the most awkward moments to show up. Sometimes Aunt Flow pops up out of nowhere, with absolutely no warning. What you must watch out for are the moods that determine how awful the visits are going to be. At this moment you’re probably thinking, “this is a fine time to exercise,” while Aunt Flow is belly laughing at the thought.
However, there are benefits to exercising when on your period.
1. Pain Relief
Now how on earth can moving around reduce pain, when standing up alone hurts? Well, even sitting down, wrapped in a blanket, hurts. Think about it — when you walk around unhappy and lay around despairing, you’re just plain miserable!
Moving and working out releases endorphins, which in smart person speak, means “happy, happy, joy, joy.” This reduces pain and discomfort.
2. Goodbye Mood Swing
As mentioned before, exercises can make you happier. When you’re not upset, you can then open the doorway to happiness. No stress! If you want to know the secret, it’s because your workout is letting out your frustration.
- Brisk Walking
- Deep Breathing
- Jump Roping (If your joints can take it)
There are many more activities, and each reduces frustration. Based on your heart pumping and the adrenalin rush, your body can’t help but respond. The release from dopamine and adrenaline makes you feel better and reduces your agitation.
3. Blood Circulation
This one is just simple, the more you move, the faster your heart pumps. Which helps with the blood flow. Right, Aunt Flow! This also helps ease the pain of your cramps. This can also help ease headaches.
Huge Bonus, it could also reduce the number of days for your period.
Now, I don’t know about you but for me, annoyingly, I’m bloated both before and during my period. That’s why I was thrilled to learn that while continuing my workout schedule, I found that the water your body retains is reduced. All the sweat you are producing from those workouts helps to reduce the bloating, and yes, I’m going to say it again, reduce pain.
Now, there are good reasons to work out while still on your period; however, don’t forget to listen to your body. If you need to nap, NAP! If you need to take a break, it’s okay to reschedule — take some time for yourself and relax. Also, consult with your doctor.
If you’re just looking for a reason not to exercise, don’t blame or point fingers at Aunt Flow. Exercise reduces your mood swing from the unpleasant visit. It can also decrease bloating and pain. So next time, I would like you to try to maintain your routine. Even if you have to start off slow. It takes time to build your routine.