There's no harm in exercising during your periods. This is because, when you exercise, your body releases a hormone called endorphin which helps reduce stress, cramps, headaches and the pain associated with periods.
But one should not overexert themselves either. The limits vary from person to person. During periods, the level of discomfort/uneasiness felt differs from one woman to the other, so one should work out to a manageable extent.
When it comes to the kind of exercises one can do – all exercises are okay apart from very intense core workouts and some yoga poses like headstands, shoulder stands and any other inverted poses. Moderate level of stretching, cardio exercises make periods easier to deal with.
In terms of one’s diet, it is very important to have a light and balanced diet during periods to avoid sluggishness and depression. Avoid salty foods, too much sugar, alcohol and caffeine as well. Have a diet rich in protein, calcium, iron, and drink loads of water. Add a glass of milk to your diet to relieve pain. Aloe vera juice with honey is also known to ease the flow.
That time of the month affects everyone differently, and you've likely found that it even varies in its impact from month to month, day to day. The key to maneuvering this scenario with minimal impact on your fitness routine is listening to your own body.
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