Working out may be the last thing on your mind while you are on your period, but being active may be more beneficial than you think. When I am on my period, I have intense cramps, nausea, headaches, and dizziness, so I completely understand why most people tend to stick to the couch on their period. However, a light workout or jog can help to elevate menstrual cramps, and the endorphins you receive are a plus. I’m not talking about having an intense leg day, because pushing yourself too hard can lead to worse problems. I tend to stick to small hikes, light arm weight lifting, jogging, walking and yoga*. Try to get a friend to join. Having someone with you motivates you to get out of bed, and it makes exercising less intimidating and more relaxing.
As far as food goes, make sure to drink water (I know everyone says this, but I stand by it), eat magnesium-rich foods (spinach), omega 3s (eggs), fruits and vegetables, fibre (brown rice), iron (beans), and calcium (almonds). Eating chocolate is also okay, as long as it’s dark-about 70% and up, because it has antioxidants, fibre, iron, and magnesium. If you have trouble staying healthy on your period, take a look at my “Alternatives to ‘Junk Food'” post.
Being on your period shouldn’t mean that you have to neglect your goals. Staying healthy is manageable when you tone down your exercises, and eat properly. Feel free to leave your tips for working out on your period below or tweet them with the #periodtips.