Why you NEED to work out when you have your period
*I am not a medical professional or registered dietitian. As always, before beginning an exercise, nutrition, or supplement program, please consult with your doctor.
So remember that whole accountability thing? Well, today it was definitely needed as it’s “that time.” If you are anything like me, you’d love to make a huge fort out of blankets and pillows and camp out in it with pints of ice cream and chocolate bars. Basically, you need an extra push to get moving when you have your period.
In dealing with thyroid problems, my periods have always been awful. I get headaches, horrible cramps and exhaustion, and just feel plain ‘ol yucky. The last thing in the entire world I feel like doing is getting a work-out in. Am I being a bit dramatic? Possibly. But in all seriousness, you need to force yourself to work-out when you’re on your period. Here’s why:
1. Good bye cramps!
According to webmd, exercise actually eases menstrual cramps. I know what you are thinking, and you read that right. Getting your body up and moving will ease your cramping. It took me a loooooong time to actually try this one, because I always wanted to just curl up with the heating pad when I experienced cramping. But, I can attest to the fact that exercise does in fact help your cramping. So just push through.
2. Boost your Mood
Does your period ever just make you feel like a complete crab? Mine does! I get annoyed about every little thing, especially the sound of people chewing (I’m dead serious, ask my husband!) Well, another benefit about exercising is that it increases your endorphins.
Endorphins are a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that make you feel happiness and can also ease pain. This is the same hormone that is secreted after you experience an orgasm (which I doubt you are doing much of on your period, so why not get some happiness through other physical activity!)
3. Increase your energy
You know that whole Newton’s law thing where it says, “a body in motion stays in motion.” Well, it’s true. The more active you are, the more energy you have. This has been one of the reasons why I began my exercise routine in the first place–to fight my chronic fatigue. But it applies to anyone, and definitely helps beat the fatigue that comes with your period.
4. Bloat be Gone!
Ah, the bloat. I love how your period already makes you feel a bit self-conscious and then you have to become bloated as well. If your body is similar to mine, I look about 3-6 months pregnant before my period and it is always a difficult time with finding my confidence. Getting a good sweat sesh in will do just that–make you sweat! This will help you to lose some extra water weight you’ve been carrying around and in turn, will make that belly bloat a little more manageable!
5. Natural Aspirin
Headaches are a common symptom of being on your period (that’s always how I know that mine is about to start.) You know that whole endorphin thing we talked about in #2? It helps with your headaches too because endorphins have pain-relieving properties. Pretty sweet, huh?
So, as tempting as it may be to build that fort–don’t. Put on your favorite work-out outfit, lace up your shoes, and get moving (I promise you’ll thank me later!)