No more skipping your workouts, PE classes or social sports when it's that time of the month ladies...heres why!!
Did you know that when you have your period it's actually more beneficial for you to exercise than not to.
Women actually build up muscle most effectively during the start of their menstrual cycle.
At the same time in your cycle that you have cravings and cramps, hormonal changes can give you boosts in pain tolerance and muscle recovery that can pay off at the gym. In fact, at other points in your cycle, like the week before your period, exercise could feel more challenging.
When you have your period and the week after, your levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are at their lowest, making you metabolically stronger.
Exercise may relieve the discomfort of cramps and an aching lower back, sometimes rather than sit/curl up in pain, the best thing you can do for your body is to get up and move.
Try avoid talking yourself out of exercising when you have your period and just go for it! Surprise yourself with your strength and try working on achieving some of your personal bests.
Beat the cramps and head to the gym/park/garage/lounge floor and do the workout you promised yourself you would do.
Start tracking your cycle and journal entry how you feel each week after every workout. Look back over the length of your cycle and see what workouts/weeks you felt your strongest, and what were your weakest. You will be surprised!