Workouts and periods

Workouts and periods

"I'm on my period, so I can't workout."
Whose guilty of this? Hands up, I'll admit it, I've used this excuse in the past. When you're on your period, exercise is normally the last thing you feel like doing, but it can actually do a whole world of good. Exercise increased both oxygen circulation and blood circulation, which will help to reduce cramps and stress. If you're cramping though it's best to avoid ab workouts but if you're not you can pretty much workout as normal. Periods don't mean you can't get your sweat on, you go girl!

If that wasn't enough to convince you, here's a few more reasons: 

Exercise makes periods easier to handle
Exercising can actually helps with period pain; when you workout your body releases beta-endorphins which are your bodies own pain killers. These endorphins help to burn the prostaglandins quicker, these are the chemicals released when your'e on that causes period cramps. The best type of exercise for releaving period pain is aerobic; something that really gets your heart rate going, walking, jogging, cycling and swimming are all great for this. Sometimes if I'm having a really bad pain day and I'm due to do a Kayla BBG resistance workout I'll switch days and do my LISS instead. Listen to your body, and do something you feel comfortable with.

It'll help with moods swings
I don't know about you, but probably 99.9999% of the time when it's that time of the month, I'll be in a bad mood. I just can't help it. Working out releases both endorphins and serotonin, the later is responsible for happiness. So get your trainers on and go for a walk, you'll feel better after.

It'll give you more energy
Bloated, feeling sluggish and drained? A 20 minute light cardio session will fix this. The endorphins I mentioned earlier also help with this, you know after you finish a workout and you feel all pumped and determined - that the endorphins! You'll feel more energised, but take it easy and only push yourself if you feel up to it.

What about the cravings?
When I'm on I want to eat all the chocolate in the world! I love chocolate, anyone that's knows me knows it's my weakness. When it's that time of the month, it's the one thing I crave and I won't be in a good mood till I have it. Uh-oh...Psycho Jenny! I've learnt that if I stock up on healthy sweet treats, I can get my chocolate fix without hindering my progress and over indulging. My favourite treats are Nakd bars, in orange chocolate. They're all natural and only made of four ingredients and are very yummy but guilt free!

Late/early period

A new exercise regime can actually alter your periods, especially if you've dramatically increased the amount that you exercise. Working out changes the balance of chemicals and hormones within your body, which can in turn effect your period. I actually found in my first month of the bikini body guide that my period came a week early! After asking the Instagram community it soon became clear that this happened to lots of girls; some found their periods were late and some stopped all together. If you find your periods stops you may need to tone down your activity level slightly. Your body actually starts shutting down functions that aren't necessary, (periods being one of them) when it needs to preserve energy to heal.

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