We know what you are thinking. Working out? Hell no I’m already dying. Fear not, we have consulted with women’s health doctors and are bringing to you the exercises that may actually help.
Of course, there is still the safe option of throwing some of your comfiest, snuggliest home clothes, popping your guilty pleasure movie and snacking on some support in the form of your fav food. But there are certain types of physical activities that appease your mood swings, cravings, aches and pains. You don’t have to exhaust yourself! It’s all about “even a little bit of movement can make a difference”.
Medical studies have shown that regular abdominal and pelvic stretches help ease painful period cramps. We’re talking about 15-minute exercise routines three times per week. In fact, such type of exercising can have a similar effect to taking an anti-inflammatory pill.
Alright, now that we’re done with theory, let’s look at the practice.
#1. Hop on a bicycle
Boost your heart rate without putting too much stress on your limbs. If you prefer outdoor cycling, that’s great, but indoor cycling on a stationary bike is as good. In fact, studies have shown that around the time of getting their period, or in its first days, women are more prone to injury, since they feel lethargic and tired. So be safe!
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#2. Try yoga
Feeling especially disgruntled? Catch some Zen with some yoga exercises. A light, candle-lit session will also work perfectly, as well as a quick morning sequence.
#3. Get wet
Ahem. We mean, use the healing power of water to your advantage. You’ll get a gentle full-body workout that won’t be too hard on your limbs.
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#4. Any cardio
Maybe you tend to feel more energetic towards the end of your cycle? Cardio is beneficial for your blood flow, it helps to balance your hormones and release endorphins that boost your mood. Choose the activity that you enjoy most — running, dancing, biking, boxing, taking a Zumba class — and remember to be gentle with yourself. Calm long-distance walks may also help, if you’re not feeling like working out.
#5. Try back dancing
Turn on some music. That’s it! No, not really. But do add some jam to the mix. Lie down on your back, rest your palms by your sides. Bend your knees and spread them apart with your feet flat on the floor. Lift your buttocks off the mat and at the same time lower the base of your ribcage on the mat. Now you’re in a low bridge position. Okay, now tilt your pelvis up and hips and start moving to the beat. This kind of exercise will lessen the lower back pain.
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