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How Does Your Time of the Month Affect Your Workouts?

I'm pretty lucky in the fact that when it's "that time of the month," my symptoms are fairly mild. I feel a little crampy, bloated, and tired, but it doesn't interfere with my life too much. Sticking to my regular exercise routine usually relieves any discomfort I have, and it always lifts my mood. I do wear a more supportive sports bra, since bouncing around and soreness don't mix. That's just me though. I know some women are so uncomfortable when Aunt Ruby comes calling, slipping on spandex and sneakers is the last thing on their mind. So what about you . . .


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Breann123 Breann123 8 years
I was just curious..I just kinda started to do a whole workout regimen, and I was curious..does the new eating style workout's all that, would that effect the time I get my period??
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 9 years
my exercise turns into trips to savemart for ice cream, and the work of finding a chick flick on demand.
ckeller825 ckeller825 9 years
i hate working out or doing anything on my pd b/c i get so tired and bloated. Luckily it only lasts for 3 days.
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
I have heavy periods and they hurt, but when I do push myself to work out during them, afterwards, I actually feel better!
lauraxtc lauraxtc 9 years
I still workout but wear looser pants and tight underwear. and Just do cardio. No sits up because I can feel the blood. Gross!!!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 9 years
Ugh, I remember being on my period and having to do my horse riding lessons. Talk about uncomfortable!!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
All I can say is Spin Class is not happening on the first couple days my period and usually not any other exercise. However, sometime I pull through. After the first 3 days, I'm usually ok.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
"I do have symptoms, but find that exercise actually makes me feel better." This is me. Last month, I had a particularly challenging time. It was my first day of my period, and I decided to go jogging anyways. I had some deep cramps, and I jogged partially hunched over. I could not straighten my core!! I was a trooper, and finished my workout anyways. My form was terrible due to menstrual cramps, but I did feel better afterwards.
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
Initially it's really difficult, but once I force myself out of it, it does help to relieve cramps.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I used to get killer PMS that made me have to stay in bed for a whole day or two, but now I barely get symptoms at all. Usually I get a few cramps and working out helps get rid of them.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Drink heavily! ;)
yadiet yadiet 9 years
I have my period now! and i didn't want to go workout. It sucks
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
And I have learned to never work out when I truly don't feel like it, or I end up hating it and lapsing! Lately I've eliminated weight lifting, and in the meantime I am just doing cardio until I feel like getting back into lifting. I do try to push myself, but I also try to listen to what my body tells me.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
My symptoms really range too. Sometimes, it's just light cramps and the exercise makes it feel better. Sometimes it's migraines and fatigue so bad it just isn't worth it!
aeschere aeschere 9 years
it makes me feel horrible.. and i haven't found exercise to help my symptoms at all. if anything, i am more cranky and in pain.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I feel really awful the first two days, bloated, heavy, slow, lots of cramps. But working out usually helps, when I force myself to do it.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I don't feel like exercising but I do it anyway. I feel so sluggish and I feel like I weigh about 300 lbs.
idawson idawson 9 years
i REALLY have to motivate myself so i usually turn it down a notch or two
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
It's always different. Sometimes I feel no symptoms at all and other times I feel as though I am a dying beached whale. I respond according to how I'm feeling.
corduroy1 corduroy1 9 years
i take the bc lybrel and it has changed my life!! no more periods ever unless i want to have one!! super love to the makers of that little pill!!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i can't excercise on the first day, i usually pass out. and my first day usually corresponds with my planned first day at the gym. so i always put it off.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
My symptoms range from barely-there to OMG-I-need-to-stay-in-bed-all-day-and-cry...but I try to work out as much as possible.
eastsidesunset eastsidesunset 9 years
I get period related anemia, so working out only makes me dizzy and barfy feeling. I take a week off from the gym, but use my little free weights to atleast tone my arms while I'm vegging out feeling cranky.
smarler smarler 9 years
I don't feel like exercising, but I do anyway. It usually helps with the cramps and fatigue, and it definitely boosts my cranky menstrual mood!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
I always work out during my periods. Particularly on the first day when the cramps are the worst. I find the workout really alleviates the pain and helps get my mind off it.
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