When you are on your period, it is best to listen to your body. If the pain you’re experiencing is proving to be unmanageable, give yourself the time off you deserve. However, before you decide to claim that coveted spot on the couch, it helps to understand some probable causes of this pain, and perhaps try out a few easy exercises that will help you alleviate it.
Besides, regular exercise means a release of endorphins or happy hormones that elevate your mood and decrease your chances of experiencing extreme mood swings. Moreover, studies have shown that in the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle, you are likely to experience more strength and power due to an increased presence of androgens (male sex hormones), making it an ideal time to start exercising. Light exercises also help in relaxing the abdominal muscles, thus easing menstrual cramps. Here are five exercises to help you deal with period pain:
If you are looking for a light pick-me-up workout, head out for a walk. Taking a brisk stroll around your neighbourhood, while listening to favourite music will not only help relax your muscles, but the change of scenery and that fresh air will lift your spirits as well.
2. Yoga and Stretching
Some basic yoga poses which focus on stretching your body outwards is an effective way to deal with period pain. Yoga helps to increase blood flow and circulation, and prevents clotting. Simple stretches on a regular basis will also help lengthen your muscles and help ease cramps and aches.
If you have access to a Pilates class, don’t miss it. Pilates target specific muscle groups so this workout is tailored for you, depending upon your focus area of the day. It’s advisable to avoid working on your core muscles when on your period as core workouts put an added strain on abdominal muscles.
Once the cramps have subsided, you could increase the intensity of your workout. A short run or jog helps you feel active and energetic, and the movement definitely helps with your mood. Don’t forget to carry a bottle of water, and take a break whenever you feel out of breath.
Having fun while working out is a combination we approve of. Sign up for a Zumba class--they have different levels of expertise so choose one you are comfortable with.Besides, dancing to your favourite songs will not only uplift your mood, but also help burn calories while relieve those dreaded cramps.!