Exercise During Periods : Good or Bad ?
Exercising on a regular basis is important to keep you healthy, fit and away from serious diseases. It not only keeps your weight under control but also gives your emotional health a boost. It is always better to start your day with at least a 30 minute workout to jumpstart your energy for the rest of your day.
In cases of women struggling with the symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), taking up a work-out routine will leave a drastic improvement.
What happens in PMS? Well, PMS is a condition where women experience symptoms every month before their menstruation starts such as exorbitant mood swings, trouble with sleep, fatigue, food cravings, bloating and so on. These symptoms are bad to the point of being unbearable and also affect the normal life.
However, they are not beyond cure. Different methods work for different people, but exercise can work for all if made a part of their daily lives.
What exercises should you pick?
Aerobics – Aerobics can do wonders to your PMS symptoms like fatigue and depression. A 60 minute Aerobic session three times a week can do wonders to your physical, mental and emotional health.
Yoga – The benefits of yoga are not limited to the PMS symptoms. Taking up Yoga routine and incorporating it every day can help you regain flexibility, maintain a balanced metabolism, improve cardio and circulatory health, reduce weight and so on. Besides, yoga is best known for reducing chronic pain such as arthritis, lower back pain, headaches etc.
Walking/Running – Walking and running along with swimming is a good choice. They help in improving your mood swings as it boosts important brain chemicals called endorphins. An increased endorphin also reduces the pain that comes with PMS.
Whatever exercise plan you may take up, do not overdo it. It can do more harm than good to you. Also, these exercises will only work when you make them a part of your regular life instead of saving them for your PMS symptoms. Along with these exercises, drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and stick to a healthy diet.