As a result they find their exercise routine going for a toss. But there are many benefits of exercising during menstruation.
If you exercise regularly then it is safe to continue with your routine even while you are menstruating. However, if you have recently started an exercise routine then take it easy during menstruation.
Don’t overdo your workout routine during periods as this will only increase the problems that you face when menstruating. Workouts including brisk walking, stretching, Pilates and even Yoga are best during these times.
It is important that you follow a healthy diet of fresh vegetables and fruits and stay away from foods that contain excessive oil, sugar and salt. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water if you don’t want to end up dehydrated.
You lose water during menstruation and this combined with exercising will deprive your body of water in large quantity. Yoga is a very good form of exercise during periods. There are many Yoga exercises and poses that help by decreasing cramping and by regulating the blood flow.
A very good pose is where you lie on your back and position your knees and feet to form a diamond shape. The arms should be stretched downward making a 45 degree angle. This is the restorative pose and it provides relief from stomach cramps. Another good way of relieving stomach pain and calming the surging hormones is the chest-to-knees pose. Lie on your back and bring your knees down to your chest and hug them with your arms.
Don’t forget to deep breath as you do this. Pick any light weight exercise during periods. But don’t push yourself under any circumstances. If exercising does not bring any relief from pain and unpleasantness then heed your body’s signal and stop. Going beyond your body’s limit can make your period worse and give you body ache as well. If you find it difficult to perform even the daily mundane tasks then consult your doctor.