Periods and Exercise: Is Embracing Your Flow the Secret to Fitness Success?
It is a fairly well-known fact that exercising before or during your menstrual cycle is highly
beneficial. Firstly, regular movements and exercise before and after your cycle help greatly
reduce pain. This is why many women look to exercise as a natural painkiller. That being
said, however, it is advisable to plan out your workouts on the basis of your cycle. High-
intensity workouts can be done during the follicular and luteal phases, as your body is fit to
maximise strenuous training efforts and is better able to access carbohydrates and other
Your body tends to feel weak and less motivated just before the cycle starts, the reason for
which is that your normal hormone fluctuations, metabolic rate, and general strength are
diminished during this time. On such days, light exercises like walking or jogging of
moderate intensity are recommended.
As much as you might feel like it, skipping workouts or any exercise while you’re on
your cycle should be avoided. Regular and steady movements during your cycle subdue
pain and increase efficiency. It benefits your health as well as your mind. There are certain
exercises aimed at alleviating abdominal cramps. Doctors recommend walking, yoga,
stretching, or even dancing. These activities are proven to reduce fatigue, irritability, mood
swings, and other symptoms.
Exercising during your menstrual cycle can be a great way to stay fit and healthy. Listen
to your body and choose activities that are right for you.
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Written by: Afreen Shaikh
Edited by: Prahlad Madhu & Jiya Chhugera