In India, menstruation is often a topic that is hushedly spoken about, forcing an entire population wrapped in the confines of a dubious black plastic bag. As open conversations are seldom carried out, the associated notion of exercise and fitness remain uncharted territory that is rarely practiced. However, studies have shown that working out during menstruation can reap tremendous benefits – from alleviating cramps to regulating irregular cycles, the list is atypically long.
One of the main side effects of periods is the precursory PMS. Although it affects every person to a different degree, a shift in mood owing to the hormonal changes is a common denominator among all. This is a good time to get the endorphins within the body flowing which can be achieved through light exercises and movement. As a result, these endorphins allow our brain to relieve the notion of pain and send a positive signal to the body. This in turn also helps reduce menstrual cramps naturally as exercise boosts blood circulation.
Another very prominent effect of periods is definitely fatigue and exhaustion. Scientists have proven that when the body feels the most low on energy, the only way to combat is through movement and exercise. Although initially it can be tiring, however, as the circulation increases, heart rate is elevated and more energy is produced thereby relieving lethargy and fatigue. These exercises, however, should be balanced with enough sleep and rest.
One surprising benefit of exercising for women is of being a natural remedy for irregular period cycles. Getting on a healthy diet coupled with a fitness routine can kick-start a late period. Some fruits and herbs like pineapple, papaya and parsley act as emmenagogues which have properties that speed up the cycle.
Although exercising during menstruation has been deemed as beneficial, the question arises what kind of exercises are best during those days of the month. The answer is surprisingly any physical activity which could be yoga, a light cardio workout or even a few home workout exercises- anything that fasten the circulation process. Going for a dance or Zumba class, aerobics among others are easy recommended activities. Over Exercising during menstruation, however, can be detrimental to your overall health.
Conclusively, it can undoubtedly be argued that working out during menstruation should be encouraged as there are no proven side effects of the process. The myth of physical deterioration while on your period which shrouds most women in our country can only be removed through open and honest conversation.
About The Author
Aditya Sharma, Founder RUFFIT
RUFFIT, one of India’s premier spaces dedicated to functional fitness was launched on 7th February at Global Foyer Mall, Gurgaon.
RUFFIT has a palatial area where one has the freedom and space to get their workouts done in a manner that will keep one engaged until the very end. With a specially prepared mix, the workout is perfectly synced with the music, motivating one to push harder. RUFFIT is the place where all components of fitness come together making one ‘functionally fit’ in the truest sense of the word.