Monday Motivation – Working Out Around Your Period

Monday Motivation – Working Out Around Your Period

Periods are the worst. But at the same time, if you’re getting your period every single month (especially when you’re not on the pill that is forcing you to have a period), it’s a great reminder that you have a body that is healthy enough to perform its month duties. And that’s a great thing. I know everyone here knows what a period so I don’t need to go into great deal, so here’s the recap from a non-science teacher who should not be trying to teach you anything science related –

  • Every month your hormones change which leads your ovaries to release estrogen and progesterone. These hormones cause the lining of the uterus to build up and then if there is no fertilized egg, the lining breaks down and bleeds. There’s the short and sweet.
  • This monthly fun-time of hormone changes leads to irritability, cramps, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, joint pain and more.

Aren’t periods the best? Oh yeah, I already stated they are the worst.

A question I’m always surprised to get in my inbox is about periods – do I workout on period, should anything change in my workout when I’m on my period, etc. etc. And the short answer is always – LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. I don’t know what YOUR body needs because I’m not in there. You are. And learning to listen to your body is the best tool you can have.

Here’s some things to keep in mind when you’re about to start your period or you are on it –

  1. We tend to have less energy right before and towards the end of our period
  2.  Energy spikes in the middle, around ovulation, because of high estrogen levels

Now…

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