Sometimes we just need to put our big girl panties on and handle it when it comes to exercising during your time of the month!
We tend to feel more anxious, fatigued, irritable and our hormones run wild – sounds awful!
Unfortunately, some of us also experience worse symptoms during our periods such as cramps, backache, extreme tiredness, joint/muscle soreness and food cravings.
If you suffer badly from the more severe symptoms, and especially if you are a beginner, injuries are more likely to occur if you overdo it. It may be advisable to avoid advanced movements that require a lot of core stability, especially if you are experiencing back pain and tightness.
Light jogs, incline walks, regression of weights/exercises – perhaps you could use machines more than free weights. Keeping active helps as it can alleviate some of the symptoms as endorphins act as natural painkillers. As far as food cravings, high sugar and higher intake of fatty foods will only make you feel even more sluggish and affect hormone balance and mood. Instead of reaching for the junk food, eat plenty of wholesome food with good sources of protein, fat and carbs to give you the energy to train effectively.
A feel-good session filled with your favourite class/exercises will work wonders for you, your mind and body and help you keep on track, girls!
If you want any information on some suitable training during this time feel free to get in contact!
Stephanie – Wonderfully Fit