The Power of Your Period
Let’s be honest – the last thing anyone wants to do is go to the gym when they’ve got their period. But, what if a nice sweaty workout was the answer to alleviating some of the symptoms of PMS? And what if it was your period that makes you more powerful at the gym? It’s true!
Believe it or not, studies show that you’re likely to have a better workout when you have your period because of the lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. Metabolically speaking, women are more manlike when they are menstruating. Stacy Sims, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at Stanford University, says that while the hormonal shift is subtle it’s enough to make your workout more powerful.
It’s not always easy to part with your couch or heating pad when you’re feeling crampy. But you might find that when or if you do you’ll breeze through your workout. In Sims research she found that women recover faster and have a higher pain tolerance during this low-hormone phase.
While your hulk like strength is at its peak during your period – engaging in light exercise can also reduce and relieve some of your symptoms. A light run, a few laps in the pool, or a modified yoga workout can all help to keep you relaxed during a stressful time like your period. Women’s health expert, Dr. Sarah Rossom, advices her patients to engage in moderate exercise to help soothe contracting uterine muscles that are a major cause of cramping. 
Additional benefits of exercising during your period include:
- releasing endorphins which are a natural pain killer;
- loosening muscles in your back, lower abdomen, and thighs
- improving your mood making you feel less anxious, angry or depressed
- an increased blood flow
So here’s the bottom line – while you’re suffering through the period blues, try breaking a sweat to elevate some of those aches and pains.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On June 23, 2014