Can I Workout When Aunt Flo Comes Visiting?
Mystery surrounds that time of the month (period) for women and trainers alike. Let’s get straight to the answer: There is no restriction on doing resistance and cardio workouts training during the period. The same applies to stretching exercises.
Conversely, practitioners of Yoga are advised to refrain from inverted postures. Exercises like squats, lunges and deadlifts increase intra-abdominal pressure which can increase bleeding. Cycling and swimming are innately uncomfortable for some, and hence you might choose to avoid these during periods.
Severity of irritation and cramping vary in women. Every woman responds differently to her hormonal changes. While some are absolutely comfortable others clutch a hot water bottle to the tummy. Let personal comfort be your guide to decide what you want to do and how much you want to push yourself during your ‘haemoglobin haemorrhage.’!
Senior Faculty (Exercise Science)
K11 Academy of Fitness Sciences
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