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How Does Your Period Affect Your Workouts?

I feel lucky because when it's "that time of the month," my symptoms are fairly mild. Aside from a little cramping and a bloated belly, Aunt Flo doesn't interfere with my life too much. I try to stick to my regular exercise routine because it actually relieves my discomfort and always lifts my mood. The only thing I have to do is wear a more supportive sports bra — bouncing around and soreness is not a good combo. That's just me though. I know some women are so uncomfortable when they have their period, that slipping on spandex and sneakers is the last thing on their mind. What about you?

notinthemood notinthemood 7 years
Mine isn't too bad... I don't swim during it, and I don't care much for biking if it's a heavier day, but for the most part working out helps my mood.
veronicalm veronicalm 7 years
I always have to take the first day off (quit work)! That really influences my life... The cramp is unbearable. The only thing I can do is sleep! After a 2-3 hour sleep, I am alive again. I can exercise after the first two days but only low-impact ones.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
I'm good the first day but the 2nd is do nothing but lay on the couch day, after that I'm good to go. I've tried doing light exercise on day 2 but I can't get through 10 mins without feeling like crap.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Getting my periods affects my exercise routine greatly because I am drained physically. I don't like taking a lot of stimulants (coffee, energy drinks, etc) because it mucks with my blood pressure and I get a bit squirrely in the brains (not a good thing). Maybe if I double my dosage of iron supplements before the crimson tide surges, that will stave off the sluggishness.
Fyndy Fyndy 7 years
I feel as if I got hit by a truck during my period, the pain is too bad to do anything but gentle arobic exercise, like a walk. My previous two back injuries have made my usual period back pain so much more worse.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i need to pee every 20min, and working out just makes it worse (pressure on the bladder). also I tend to pass out if I work out during my period, too strenuous on me body.
yu1 yu1 7 years
I can barely get out of bed when I get my period! I have to miss classes, I just sleep it off until the evening or until the pain subsides.
Sammy-Jay Sammy-Jay 7 years
I know right. I just feel worse especially the cramps. They come hard on me. 8-(
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 7 years
i never feel like exercising during that "time of the month"... but i make myself do it, it makes me feel better.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I'll generally try and stick to my regular workout routine. I tend not to go swimming on my period though, even if I can use a tampon. I hate dealing with the mess. TMI... :D
runningesq runningesq 7 years
um, Autumns, what is this? 1930? you can leave the house and go to the gym with your period. It's not "ew"
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I never go to the gym when I'm on the rag, that's just, ew. For the first three days I can't do anything medium to high impact without wanting to puke, so I'll go for a long slow walk instead. Working out doesn't help my symptoms but going for that walk just to keep my muscles awake helps heaps.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I used to not be able to exercise during my period, but since I've been on the pill for four years now, my period's almost nonexistent.
natasha1970 natasha1970 7 years
I have endometriosis AND i am on a ton of meds for my ovarian cyst which came back after surgery, so I have to chill for about a day from the gym but by the next day I am back.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I barely have any symptoms at all...maybe a tiny bit of cramps and some spotting, but nothing that would interrupt my workouts or anything.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
Exercise reduces period symptoms. If I have a painful period, that's even more incentive to exercise, so I won't get the same pains tomorrow. And eat spinach and a banana =)
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
I force myself to work out on the first day when my cramps are at their worst. Cardio tends to diminish the pain.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I strangely feel an increased desire to work out even more when I have my period. I get bitchy and restless if I don't work out when it's that tiem of the month. But my period only consists of spotting for two or so days, so it's not much of an impediment to begin with.
MyssCC914 MyssCC914 7 years
I'm usually too fatigued to workout, but working out helps my symptoms. No cramping or headaches.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I generally do the same workouts. They seem to help.
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