If you are like me, then you typically tend to plan around your period, including your fitness. But maybe you shouldn’t anymore.
In fact, last week I was on my period. I was pretty annoyed that I had just started blogging my weight loss journey and the crimson tide reared its ugly head.
And I dreaded the thought of my monthly due ruining my weight loss efforts. So, I did something pretty taboo (at least I think it’s taboo) and so out of character.
I exercised each day of my period.
I worked out through the cramps, the bloating, oh and I farted a few times! I’m human!
But to my surprise, working out through my period was very pleasant.
So, a little backstory here. My menses usually last a whole week, seven days, and sometimes on the eight day I’m lightly spotting. None the less, It’s a long period. On top of that I have a very heavy flow, to the point that sometimes I become pretty lethargic. I get pale, my sugar levels drop really low, and I feel like I have no energy. Therefore, typically I sleep during the duration of my period.
I’m 25 and I’ve been doing this since I was 8. Yes, 8; that is when I first started menstruating.
Oh, and as a joke, the universe decided to grant me irregular periods. Making it really hard to track and predict my next visit from aunt flo.
Whatever, I have accepted already that this is how my body works.
However, now you can see why I was a bit timid about going through my workouts. I thought to myself, “Shit, I’ll probably get hospitalized again!.”
Then I said, “fudge that! Yolo!”
Are we still doing yolo? Darn, now you know I’m a lame-o.
Anyways, kidding aside, I pushed through with my workouts because in actuality I had never tried. And I’m a new me; I’m doing things that I wanted to do but have had been scared to do in the past. And I killed it in the gym. (Well, my living room that doubles as a gym.)
This is what happened…
Now, I am no medical expert on this matter and also take into account that womens bodies are all different. My experiences are just that, my experience. The only true way to find out what will happen to you if you do workout during your menstruation is to actually work out during your menstruation and acknowledge how you feel.
Remember, It’s all about you when it comes to your body and health.
The first thing I noticed exercising on my first day of my period was that I realized I wasn’t thinking about my cramps or bloating. I mean in the beginning of my workout I had my doubts and I was cramping. I had done a set of jumping jacks and farted some, but once I began my squats and definitely during my leg ups I couldn’t feel my cramps any more and my bloating significantly reduced.
I honestly don’t know if the reason was because I was no longer focusing on my pain but on my workout or if working out somehow reduced my period symptoms.
But, who cared I felt great and with more energy. Which is beyond my comprehension, cuz all my life, period equaled no energy and fatigue. And here I am going beyond my to-failure limits.
On a side note (warning tmi about to be said) I also became a little horny after wards. Chut up, I’m human!
And it only got better the rest of the week, except it wasn’t the whole seven day week. Yep, my period actually shortened and only lasted five days with slight spotting on the sixth.
A shorter period! My mind was blown.
Then an idea started to come to mind. What if I’m not the only one? What if our periods are our keys to weight loss? What if we can use what we most dread to our benefits and really get things rolling?
So I did some research!
Commencing skills I learned in High School… ugh… now!
Can you workout during your period?
Yes, yes you can and here is why.
Bye bye Cramps
“The more active you are [overall] and more regular you are with your activity, the better your periods end up being—less cramping, less heavy flow.” This is because during a workout, your body releases endorphins, the “I’ll make you happy” hormones that relieve pain and ease cramps.
Bloat be gone
For the simple reason we sweat during a workout or any kind of exercise, we also levitate bloat. Sweat consists of water, salt, and other toxins the body is expelling. Hell, you don’t even have to exercise to relieve your period bloat. You can go to a sauna or chill in a steamy room for a bit. Doesn’t matter. What you should be taking away from this is that sweating equals bloat relief.
It keeps you cool
Yep. Your body temperature during your period is in actuality lower than when your off it. This is because your body is in a low-hormone phase which increases the time it takes to come to fatigue. An added benefit is that during our monthly we can also tolerate more hotter and humid environments.
A simple search on google and you can see that majority of both male and females become sexually excited during and after a workout session. Though, there are conflicting reasons why. Some say it is just a boost in confidence others say it’s your best friend, the endorphins. However for women, there is an added bonus, especially during our crimson tide. That is “Progesterone — the hormone believed to potentially lower your libido — is at its lowest during your period.”
“Regular workouts also improve your circulation and increase blood flow and proper stretching loosens the muscles in your lower abdomen,” therefore making it easier on your body to go through the process monthly process of having a period. It is common knowledge that our abdomens constantly constrict and loosen in order to push blood and tissue out. So, by working these areas, you are making them more efficient, which then yields shorter and lighter periods.
I hope this helps you guys out.
Lots of Love,
Leslie Barrie “5 things to know about exercising during your period” Health. August 2015
Christina Huffington “Menstruation Facts: Twelve Things You May not Know About Your Period”” Huffington Post: Women February 2015
Rob Callahan “Can Exercise Lower Period Days” Livestrong. March 2011