When it comes to exercising during your period, it’s always best to listen to your body. If the cramping and bloating has rendered you bedridden, give the day’s sweat session a miss. But if you feel up to it, here are seven workouts that you can do. Psst, the endorphin boost post-exercise will lift your mood!
1 / 8 Don't let Aunt Flo derail those workout plansRead more
2 / 8 1. WalkingRead more
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Walking is perfect if you don’t feel like doing anything too hard core. Lace up your favourite sneakers and hit the road for a stroll or a brisk walk around your estate. Even though it’s not an intense workout, you can still clock steps and torch calories by walking. (Also Read: 4 Reasons Why Walking Is Great for Weight Loss)
3 / 8 2. RunningRead more
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If you’ve passed the worst of the cycle’s cramps, try upping the intensity of your workouts with a jog. Make sure you stay hydrated, and go slow or take a break if you start to feel light-headed or giddy.
4 / 8 3. PilatesRead more
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Pilates moves target specific muscle groups, so you can tailor your workout to suit your need. For example, if you’re suffering from lower back pain during your period, try roll-downs to stretch your spine and back.
5 / 8 4. YogaRead more
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Many yoga poses also help to increase blood flow and circulation, and this can help to prevent clotting. As a precaution, it’s best to avoid inversions as some experts think it could lead to endometriosis. (Also Read: 8 Yoga Poses to Reduce Stress & Anxiety)
6 / 8 5. SwimmingRead more
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This is probably a foreign concept to many girls, but swimming is actually a good exercise option even while you have your period. The low-impact sport is relaxing, and you won’t bleed out if your flow is light thanks to the counter-pressure of the water. (Also Read: Yes, You CAN Swim During Your Period)
7 / 8 6. StretchingRead more
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If you can’t haul yourself to the gym, why not try doing some simple stretches at home? Focus on lengthening your muscles and taking deep breaths to ease cramps and aches.
8 / 8 7. DancingRead more
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Sign yourself up for a Zumba or Kpop dance class if you’re up for it. The fun workout will lift your mood, plus you’ll be torching serious calories at the same time!
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