Is it Safe to work out during periods?
ANSWER – YES
Everything you need to know about exercising during periods:
- It helps with annoying period-related symptoms
It may seem like the last thing you want to do when you have your period, but working out can help relieve the symptoms that make getting your period so annoying in the first place. The more active you are and more regular you are with your activity, the better your periods end up being—less cramping, less heavy flow.
Why – because when you sweat, water leaves the body, which can relieve uncomfortable belly bloat. Exercise also releases mood-boosting endorphin’s, which might at least take your mind off discomfort or pain.
- It may be the best time to do HIIT
The best workout to do during your period? High-intensity interval training, when your period starts, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop. And because of this, women can access carbohydrate/glycogen easily, as compared to high-estrogen time periods this hormone shift makes fuel more accessible to your body, allowing you to push harder and get more out of short, fast-paced workouts than you would during other times of the month.
Avoid: Cycling and Handstand Yoga posture
- It keeps you cool
Really. Turns out your body temperature is actually lower during your period, which is a low-hormone phase. This increases time to fatigue, and allows the body to store more heat without hitting the tipping point of central nervous system fatigue, not to mention, during this time we can tolerate hotter and more humid climates (hello, hot yoga!).
4.It’s okay to give yourself a break
All this said, if you’re really just not feeling it, don’t beat yourself up for not going all out. Even just a gentle stroll counts as exercise, and it may help you feel better. Your best bet is to do some light and easy movement that helps reduce inflammation via blood flow, if you really feel terrible, it’s all right to take a day or two off.
A final note, if you’re regularly sidelined by your periods, consider talking to your doctor; Plus, it’s a good idea to have major aches and super heavy periods investigated because those could signal a health problem.
There is nothing called NOT safe to workout during your Period!