Dr. Rajani Patil

Specialist Should I exercise during my menstrual cycle?

January, 2018
The Master Responds

One common myth that women fall prey to is that they should not exercise during the menstrual cycle. And, like many other myths, this one too is completely baseless. While there are a number of myths regarding the menstrual cycle, this one is probably the biggest. For some, it’s a genuine belief, while for others it’s a mere excuse to escape exercising.

How often are we women told by our fitness trainers and elders in the house that we shouldn’t be working out during our periods. The reasons cited vary from increased pain to “it’s bad for your health.”

There have been studies that show how women who exercise regularly have more comfortable and less painful periods. It regulates the hormone system which reduces the pain levels. If you exercise you will bloat less and the blood flow will not be heavy. Exercise also releases mood-boosting endorphins which in general make you less attentive to your discomfort. A recent study has revealed a correlation between higher levels of fitness and fewer PMS symptoms. It may actually be a great time to work out. During your period, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop due to which you can access carbohydrate/glycogen easily, leading to a faster breakdown of fat.


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