Should You Exercise During Your Period?

Some people experience symptoms that may include stomach upset, bloating, fatigue, and headache during their periods. Physical exercise may help to reduce these and other symptoms.

Exercise also provides a range of further health benefits. These benefits mean people should try to incorporate exercise into their routine, whether it is during their period or not.

Benefits

The following are some of the potential benefits for a person when it comes to exercising while on their period:

Improves mood

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, exercise can help to reduce feelings of depression. So, exercising may help to lift the mood when a person has feelings of sadness, irritability, or anger during their period.

Reduces fatigue

Hormonal changes in the body can increase the sensations of fatigue in people during their period. Physical activity can boost energy levels instead of lower them during a period, according to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH).

Reduces menstrual pain

A study in the Journal of Education and Health Promotion found people who exercised 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes for an 8-week time frame had less menstrual pain than those who did not. They concluded that exercising during and before a period may reduce symptoms.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or for an extended time. Even two 15-minute walks a day can offer benefits. Also, exercise is a healthful choice in general. It helps a person maintain their weight and keeps the heart and lungs healthy.

Tips for exercising on your period

The following are some of the potential benefits for a person when it comes to exercising while on their period:

Incorporate stretching

Gentle stretching exercises, such as yoga, Tai chi, and Pilates, can help to extend muscles that may feel especially tense while a person is on their period.

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