Can we get a break from cramps? It would be appreciated.

Do you want to get out of bed during your period for a quick exercise? I know I don’t.

Often, we might feel like a zombie during our cycles. From severe cramps to headaches or vomiting, our periods have a way of kicking us to the curb. But what if I told you there’s a simple solution to ease your pain?

You might not like the idea at first. But once you’ve tried it, you will be grateful for my suggestion.

Exercising is one of the best ways to reduce period pain. Even though it will require some effort, you will feel better in no time. Here’s why you should exercise and some workouts you can try.

Reduce your period symptoms

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Do you experience excruciating cramps? Or terrible headaches?

Doing light exercise activities have proven to reduce period symptoms. This includes:

  • cramps
  • bloating
  • nausea
  • fatigue

So, the next time you’re on your period, consider exercising. We know it might be challenging to do, but working out for about 15 minutes, will be beneficial for reducing your pain.

Lighten your mood

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Who isn’t moody during their cycle? Your mood can switch from happiness to anger in a matter of minutes. And that’s okay; many of us experience mood swings during menstruation.

But exercising helps to reduce mood swings and can actually improve your mood. According to research studies, exercise can increase endorphins which are feel-good hormones. Not only does this help with your mood, but it also reduces anxiety and depression.

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of exercising during your period, let’s take a look at some activities you could try.

Simple exercise activities to consider

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I’m not saying you should do a one-hour intense workout at the gym. Instead, focus on doing some light exercises.

Some of the best exercises to consider include:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Light cardio such as jogging

Even though exercising is beneficial during your cycle, it’s important to avoid strenuous or prolonged exercises. For all the gym enthusiasts out there, consider reducing your exercise time while you’re on your cycle.

At IGNITE, we care about your health and wellness.

Even though menstruation is still a taboo topic in today’s society, we are changing the stigma through our menstruation project. Free tampons and pads are available across all campuses. And you can find them in our IGNITE offices too!

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