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Wondering if you can work out during your period? Read this!

 

With spring on the way (and beach days close behind), we know you've probably already dove into your fitness routine, but wait…it’s *that* time of the month again. Ugh. 

Let’s get one thing straight: While working out during your period can seriously suck, it’s totally possible and healthy. Taking a weeklong break from your routine can cause a setback you never wanted, plus, exercising can actually help relieve some of those awful cramps. We’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to get you through the worst time of the month while still working towards your fitness #goal.

Period prep
Experiencing cramps constantly? Apply a heating pad before you hit the gym. This will reduce pain in your tummy to make you the most comfortable during your workout. Apply the pad after your workout, too, if needed.

Protect yo’ self
Cramps are normal, but stop your workout if you experience any terrible pain. Your body moves a little differently during menstruation, making it easier to tear your ACL, says Dr. Timothy Hewett. Working out during your period puts you at a higher risk of injury than you would be normally. It’s totally okay to work out during this time, but be aware of your body and don’t try anything too intense.

Slow and steady
Try activities like yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging during the first half of your period. It may seem like the end of the world to get off the couch and move a little, but engaging in light physical activity will actually make you feel better. As long as you aren’t straining yourself and causing unnecessary injuries, the endorphins released during your workout will ease PMS symptoms.

Crazy cramps
Yoga is a fantastic workout while you’re on your period; However, there are a few poses to avoid. Personal trainer, Greg Justice recommends avoiding “inverted poses” such as shoulder stands, headstands and the plough pose as they increase excessive menstrual flow which causes even more cramps than you’re already dealing with. 

Cardio isn’t *always* hardio
Don’t skip cardio! Dr. Stacy Sims recommends trying high intensity interval training. As your hormone levels change, your body has the ability to succeed in this type of workout as opposed to other times of the month when you aren’t on your period. 

What easy workouts do you do while on your period? Share with us in the comments!

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by Jacqueline Burnett | 3/17/2017
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