You are told not to workout during your menstrual cycle. Why? Well, according to the gynaecologists there is no science-backed reason to skip a workout when you have your period. Ladies, we can’t stop living because of them. If you want maximum benefits of exercise, listen to your body and sync your workouts to your cycle.
Existing research on the topic has been critiqued because if any woman ever tried to workout on day one of her period will tell you that hormones can strike out your best efforts to exercise.
WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR PERIOD (DAYS 1–7)
Though the fatigue and being lethargic is totally understandable but push yourself to do some yoga, swimming or walking. Simply, to keep yourself a bit active. You can do the same thing every other day until and unless you don’t feel like working out. Drink a little extra water to keep your self hydrated.
THE WEEK AFTER YOUR PERIOD (DAYS 8–14)
Once the hard time is gone you can try a hardcore workout like indoor cycling, high-intensity interval training, or boot camp. Push yourself hard, it really helps.
THE THIRD WEEK OF YOUR CYCLE (DAYS 15–21)
Because estrogens level tank up after day 14th you need to keep the place a little slow to avoid injuries. Keep it simple with pilates or barre, avoid CrossFit or anything rigorous. Because your stamina is sort of slow you can do elliptical session or long run or even you can take some rest, it won’t affect much.
THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR PERIOD (DAYS 22–28)
Here we are moving towards square one, to keep yourself active get yourself to the gym. Power Yoga and cardio exercises will keep you active. Exercise gives you a natrual endorphin high, hence your mood will be less cranky and all that sweating will make you get rid of extra fluids which makes you feel bloaty.