Should Women Exercise During A Menstrual Cycle?


‘You should take rest during the first 2 days of your menstrual cycle.’

‘Don’t exert yourself with workouts during your periods.’

Almost every girl has heard this in her life- either by her grandparents, parents, or even their trainers. This is just another myth that hasn’t been assessed by the experts. Most of the girls excuse out of the workout during these days.

Even I was a victim of the same myth as every other girl until I met a physiotherapist. I asked her this query. And it was an eye-opener for me.

This myth is strongly supported by saying that, ‘It’s bad for health’.

Rather than saying it’s bad for a girl’s health, I would say that exercising during the menstrual cycle is good!

Here are some benefits of exercising during menstruation!

(1) Regular exercises help in giving comfortable periods. There are studies done on the same!
(2) When you exercise regularly, heavy bleeding is normalized.
(3) You feel less bloated, and mood swings are managed well. Bloating reduces the moment you sweat while exercising.
(4) Feel good hormones are released during a workout, which helps in keeping you happy and less irritated.
(5) You tend to lose more weight on the days when you are menstruating. This is because the level of female hormones drops during the cycle, which helps the body access carbohydrates and glycogen easily. This, in turn, accelerates the fat burning process.

Listen to your body!

– Every girl’s body is different. You need to check signs and symptoms of your body.
– If you have severe abdominal cramps, a simple walk will also help in lowering your cramps. Do not indulge yourself in strenuous workouts.

But if you have no such symptoms, go ahead and workout!

What kind of workout should you do during a menstrual cycle?

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If you have no symptoms of discomfort, continue with your daily workout routine. If you are facing even the slightest of discomfort, you can try any of these mentioned below:-
(1) Walking
(2) Running
(3) Yoga
(4) Aerobics
(5) Dancing
(6) Planks

Workout and feel good!

Be proud to be a woman!

All the wonderful women out there, you are truly awesome!

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Trishala Chopra believes a lot in fitness not because she is a lifestyle coach but because she has personally got into a fitness regime. The ridicule and criticisms were the tipping point for her to change herself. By qualification she is a graduate in Life Science and a post-graduate in Nutraceuticals and both these degrees has helped her gain extra knowledge about all fields in the Health Care industry. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in the field of alternative therapies. she has taken her diploma in therapeutic nutrition and community nutrition. she is a certified CPR specialist from kokilaben dhirubhai ambani hospital. And that's not all, she is a certified diabetes educator too! she is also certified in sports nutriton from American college of sports medicine. She has additional skills in the areas of Ayurveda and Naturopathy. Her fitness mantra is practice what you preach. She believes that for a healthy lifestyle, it is very important to have a healthy body and mind. This according to her can be attained through balanced nutrition and proper exercise and some life hacks to deal with!