For years it was believed that women couldn’t combine physical activity and their period. Fortunately, that belief has been disproved. The truth is, you can exercise while on your period. Menstruation shouldn’t prevent you from leading a normal life. In fact, it’s recommended to exercise during your period to keep fit and healthy.
EXERCISE WHEN ON YOUR PERIOD, BUT DO IT WITH CARE
Engaging in physical activity through your menstrual cycle is highly recommended to facilitate blood flow in the vagina and help reduce associated menstrual cramps. Gentle aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, swimming, dancing and cycling should take preference over exercises like jumping, running, or crossfit as these high-impact exercises can intensify abdominal cramps caused by periods.
GIVE YOUR EMOTIONS A BOOST
Exercising during your periods can release endorphins. These are the "good mood hormones" that counteract the melancholy you might feel during your period, or any day for that matter. Physical activity can uplift your spirit and help reduce stress and anxiety. For women who are interested in exercising during their periods, there are a couple of Kotex® tampons options that range in size according to your flow. Our tampons are designed to facilitate movement, so you can exercise without worrying about your period leaking.
WHICH EXERCISE IS BEST DURING YOUR PERIOD?
When it comes to physical activity and your menstrual cycle, the World Health Organisation (WHO) not only recommends exercise when on your period, but also promotes specific exercises for menstrual cramps. Here are 2 examples:
Stretching Exercise 1
A very effective way to relax abdominal muscles and lower back, is to simply sit on a mat with your legs stretched, then bend your torso over your legs and hold the position for two minutes.
Stretching Exercise 2 (The support bridge)
To alleviate abdominal swelling, lie with your back on a mat with your knees bent and your arms stretched out. Then simply raise your waist to form a bridge. Hold the pose for five minutes.
(Both exercises also facilitate good sleep)
Exercise can help combat the adverse effects that you may experience during your period. The psychological benefits of exercising help to uplift your mood, and the physical benefits help to moderate movement, which contributes to good blood circulation. Exercising while you menstruate is not only possible, but it’s good for you and your body.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.
Blasco Teresa. "Physical activity and health". 1995. Bogotá, Colombia. Editorial Konrad Lorenz University Foundation