Does Exercise Help During Periods

PMS is not an excuse to skip exercise. While it€™s not advisable for women with heavy menstrual cycles to run, swim, or do any high intensity workouts, here are a few tips you can follow during your period to help relieve PMS symptoms.

However, if your menstrual cycle is not heavy and your doctor recommends you to exercise, consider the following suggestions:

Pilates can be an option: Pilates is one of the best exercises to do during the menstrual cycle and do it regularly, even during periods. Pilates helps feel better as it relieves PMS symptoms. It helps move blood and lymph through the body, reducing cramps, bloating and irritability. Pilates helps to improve my posture, strength and flexibility. Try and see if it works for you.

Stretching Exercise: Stretching is a workout. It is perfect for women with heavy menstrual cycles who can€™t do any exercise because of pain. Once you get up, try doing standing stretches to increase your energy levels and feel a little better. Breathing exercises is also a good option to stretching.

Meditation will relax and calm your mind: Meditation is good for your mind. During your period, you may face stress, anxiety, and mood swings. Meditation will help you relax, improve your emotional health and stay calm during the day. If you are calm your intensity of cramps will be lesser. Meditating for 15-30 minutes a day can make you feel you better.

Yoga: Yoga is one of the effective workouts to do during periods, which helps to drain the lymph fluids to remove toxins from your body. Yoga increases the blood flow and some relief from cramps, joint pain and can prevent clotting and bloating. Few yoga poses, such as head-to-knee forward bend , and Reclining Big Toe Pose.

Keep Walking: Many women who goes for running during their periods , they feel so much better after it Jogging is also is effective exercise, but its little difficult to do during your period. Walking is a great option during your periods. It improves your mood and energy levels, relieves muscle cramps, prevent constipation and digestive pain. During periods never overdo with workout otherwise you might feel exhausted. Drink lot of water, eat healthy, do mild exercises and sleep well to prevent or relieve any PMS symptoms. The best time to work out during your period is morning. Work out in the morning helps to relieve cramps and increase your energy levels for the rest of the day.


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