SHOULD A WOMAN WORKOUT ON HER PERIODS?

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Yes! a woman can workout on her period. Studies have shown that exercising on your period can help
reduce cramps. However, some advise that you avoid it on the first three days of the menstrual flow if you have heavy flow because some women complain that it makes the flow heavier on such days. There may be some discomforts during exercise, but, if you can manage it, exercise and keep fit even on your period. Some women like me fear that exercising on periods can change the flow pattern like get the stomach muscles so relaxed that the flow becomes easier and heavier.

CAN EXERCISE MAKE YOUR PERIOD HEAVIER?

Maybe, but I don't think so. Our bodies are different and react differently to situations and events. In this case, exercising on your period cannot change the hormones in you. Working out in your period cannot change your heavy or light menstrual flow pattern. It can however reduce cramps. Exercise and movements are strongly advised for women with menstrual cramps. Being sedentary on your period, like lying down and putting a blanket or duvet over you can make the pain get worse. If you do not naturally have heavy flow, exercise cannot make it heavy.

Most importantly, Please, let us pay attention to our bodies. Even though studies have shown that exercising on one's period isn't a bad idea, you shouldn't ignore the signs your own body is giving you. Stress, physical activity whether in the form of exercise or not can increase the speed for some women with heavy menstrual flow. If you notice that after workouts, your menstrual flow or cycle changes, then maybe you slow down during those few heavy flow days or completely stay off the gym until the periods are over.\

I suspect that exercising on my periods is not the best option for me because I am naturally not a heavy flow person but each time that I try to exercise at that time of the month, the flow gets heavier and I feel very uncomfortable, so I decided to stay off the workout mat on those few days. Stress and activity don't affect some women's menstrual flow but they do affect a few others. Too much activity can increase flow for some of us o.


IS IT BAD TO WORKOUT ON YOUR PERIOD?

Not at all. It's good to workout on your period but, if you see changes right after the workouts, if you see that the flow is heavier, you can listen to your body and reduce the routines or just take a break at the time of the month. Exercising in your period is actually good for women with cramps. However, like I said earlier, heavy bleeding after exercise is a sign that your body doesn't like that maybe.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE DURING PERIOD:


  1. Exercise and other forms of physical activity during your period can help blood circulation and ease cramps.
  2. It can help relieve the headaches.
  3. It helps revamp the mood as menstrual cramps can make some women feel really down.
  4. Exercise can help regulate irregular periods. Naturally, the physical activity can help overdue periods resume.

FOODS TO AVOID DURING PERIODS:

Foods high in sugar should be avoided as they can make flow heavier; 
  • soft drinks 
  • cakes 
  • caffeinated drinks and beverages
  • ice cream 
  • Dairy products
  • Salty foods like chips
  • Processed foods. These foods can be comforting especially for those with menstrual cramps but they are not the best at this time. 

GOOD FOODS TO EAT DURING PERIODS:

Green vegetables are the best. Eat and eat them again. Green leafy vegetables naturally help with blood clotting and you can imagine how that can help women with heavy flow. 
Eat lots of vegetables, eat healthy. Eat home made meals.
  • Beans
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Salad
  • Nuts; Almonds (Fruit), coconuts, groundnuts Etc.
  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Raw carrots
  • Milk
  • uits
  • Whole grains like brown rice, bulgur rice, wheat, oats Etc
  • Yogurt
  • Dark chocolate

Do you exercise during your period? Does it affect you in any way? Please share.

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