Well, we women have a lot of problems, and dear men, youre not necessarily one of them! Our biggest challenge, issue, problem or any other synonym that you want to use, is our monthly cycles – Periods a.k.a chums! Painful as hell, cramping our lower abdomen and making us feel terribly sick are just a few symptoms that come gift wrapped with bleeding on those days. Well, we arent really here to discuss how bad it is but we want to answer the ever burning question – should you workout during your chums or not?
Heres to all you women out there whore struggling with this – why you absolutely should workout during your chums!
So long, annoying period symptoms!
We know youre probably cursing us for this, but believe us, you should definitely consider working out during your chums. Its probably the last thing you want to do but it can help relieve the PMS symptoms very effectively. The more physically active you stay the less likely youre to experience the period cramps and pain. Your belly starts to de-bloat and the endorphins that boost your mood will help you take your mind off the uncomfortable feeling.
Try something light
No, we dont mean clothes that are whites or shades of it! You could wear them though. But we mean your workout. Try keeping it light. For example – yoga stretches, pilates, lower intensity cardio are all great options. And one other thing, swimming. *jaw drops!* Dont be surprised. Swimming during chums is actually a great idea. If youre too worried about leakages (which mostly wouldnt happen) give tamps or menstrual cups a shot.
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Listen to your body
Understand that your body is going through something thats a little off beat and you have to give it the time to heal and compensate on your workout a little bit. Lighter weights, simpler yoga postures and stretches, light cardio sessions could do the justice to your health. ‘Coz no workout ain’t gonna help you hun; especially if you dont have any cramps or bloated feeling.
Avoid strenuous workouts and the likes
You understand that your period flow is from your uterus to your vagina and out, right? Top to bottom? So, typically doing a headstand or doing anything that is getting your body inverted should preferably be avoided. No inverted yoga poses during this time, ladies! And for the dance lovers, no baby freeze.
Here’s what else you should do!
Well, whatever it is, always consult your gynaecologist in case youre not doing very good with your cycles. Eat proper meals with ample nutrition, especially iron. And just because youll need to pee too many times, dont reduce your water intake. Water indeed does help relieve those cramps. You could also consider having bananas to ward off those typical PMS symptoms.
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Go ahead girl and conquer the world! Dont let periods come in your way. Feel free to like and share this article with all your BFFs and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.