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Exercising & your Menstrual Cycle

on 30th October 2020

If you’re still having periods, do you find that a few days before your period, you have little energy, feel a bit nauseous, headachy and irritable? I certainly do.  Exercising is something that even I don’t feel like doing around the time of my period.  What I’ve learnt not to do is attend a hard, high intensity fitness class; I just can’t do it. And that makes me more irritable!

So which exercise is best to do around the time of your period?  If you are a yoga fan, then do that, but I’m not. I prefer Pilates. And a gentle pilates mat class is best, with lots of stretching and focused breathing.  Even better, is to go for a walk (outside is best) beforehand.  In fact, walking in those few days before I come on is beneficial to my mood and my body.

If, like me, the day before you have your period, you experience a surge of energy, then this is where I like to jump around!  A power pilates barre class is great, circuits, a HiiT class or even some boxing!

Many reports and scientific research state that exercising during your period is beneficial and will  enhance your mood and increase circulation which then alleviates cramps, headache or back pain.

Personally, I do not feel like exercising in the first 2 days of my monthly cycle – I find that this is the time to really look after myself and pamper.  This is the time to rest and if I want to wrap myself up in my duvet and watch a film in the afternoon I will! 

So, listen to your body and exercise at the right time for you – don’t beat yourself up if you don’t feel up to it.  If you can manage a walk outside followed by a herbal tea and a healthy snack (a granola bar or some dark chocolate), then fantastic! 

About Katie Walton

My name is Katie Walton and I've been a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist for over 20 years.  I've helped clients of all ages but having now turned the big 40 myself, my own experience has become invaluable in helping clients adapt to the changes in their metabolism. 
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