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Is It Really Safe To Exercise During Your Periods?

By Chandana Rao

If you are a woman who is even the least bit health conscious, then you would surely be making an effort to exercise on a regular basis, right?

Well, imagine this, you have joined a cross-fit programme that requires you to train on a daily basis, and after a week of joining, you get your period!

What do you do in such cases? Some women may just go ahead with their exercise routine, while the others may want to take a break for a couple of days, right?

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As we already know, exercising on a daily basis is an extremely healthy habit that each one of us must follow, if we want to avoid diseases.

Exercising regularly has been known to prevent a number of major ailments, including heart diseases and depression!

So, exercising is a healthy habit that many of us would not want to miss out on, even for a day!

However, most of us would not be entirely sure if indulging in any form of an intense exercise, during menstruation, is healthy or not.

In the case of some women, they may not be able to even think of exercising during their periods because their menstrual bleeding could be really heavy and exercising could cause a mess.

Many other women may want to take a break from exercising for the first couple of days of their period, as they could be suffering from painful period cramps!

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But, what about those women who are extremely fitness-conscious and do not want to miss out on even a day of their exercise routine?

They could be wondering if there are any health hazards that could occur if they exercise during their periods, right?

So, here are a few facts that can help you get an idea about exercising safely during your periods.

Fact #1 High-intensity Exercises Are Good During Periods
According to a research study, practicing high-intensity exercising like cross-fit, kick boxing or weightlifting, during your periods is actually good! High-intensity exercises release a "feel good" hormone known as endorphin in the brain. During menstruation, another hormone known as prostaglandin is produced in the body, which may cause mood swings. So, endorphins can destroy the prostaglandins and even relieve period cramps!

Fact #2 Exercise & Period Myths
Many women believe that exercising will decrease their period flow; however, this is just a myth. No amount of exercising can make a difference in the flow of your periods, as the amount of uterine lining being shed will remain the same.

Fact #3 Cardio-exercises Are Good During Periods
Doing cardiovascular exercises like running, jogging, brisk-walking, stair-climbing, etc., during your periods (after your flow has decreased) can also be healthy is what experts opine. Cardio exercises can also produce the endorphin hormones to help ease certain undesirable period symptoms and they can also balance your body temperature, which is relatively low during the periods, due to hormonal fluctuations.

So, in conclusion, exercising during your periods is completely safe, if you feel comfortable enough while practicing them.

However, if you do notice an abnormal flow or intense cramps after exercising, professional opinion must be sought.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 16:30 [IST]
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