One of the hardest things I deal with is trying to stay on top of my fitness routine during my period.
I am one of those lucky women who has their entire life stop during that time of the month. As I write this post, I am laying in bed with my Livia device, hot tea, and doing everything in my power not to move. I give it about 20 minutes before I push everything aside and crawl into the fetal position.
If the struggle wasn’t already real, I’m a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer so almost everyday am I required to teach a class (or two) and/or guide a client safely through workouts. In short, this means no days off. I have to be on my A-game constantly.
One of the most asked questions among women is should I, or how can, I continue my fitness program while on my period.
Answer. Listen to your body.
If you don’t really experience any cramps or serious discomfort during your period, just continue with your regularly scheduled program. If you want you can modify your schedule so that you do lighter workouts like yoga or walking during the first few days then save your strength training and HIIT workouts for later on in the week.
If you are a woman who experiences periods like me that literally destroy all plans you make, do not, I repeat, DO NOT feel bad about doing nothing. Do what you must to help survive the week and as the pain and bloating begin to let up, start back adding in light activities such as walks. If you know your body schedule, work around it.
For example, I know day 1-3 are my worse days and that around 2pm everyday I start to bloat to the point of serious discomfort. So what do I do, I plan my lighter workouts like yoga, or take a walk during the windows I know I can function. For the most part our bodies will run on a schedule, however some days it will not. Like today, I made it through my class this morning and had every intention to do something afterwards but instead, I told myself that it’s okay to sit it out. No use making myself even more uncomfortable or induce any more pain than necessary.
I mention my own struggles just to say, do not feel bad about falling off especially when you have no control over the situation. I’ts okay to eat the chocolate we are all craving. Go ahead and skip the weights. Opt for a walk instead of your normal 5k run. Modify and do what will help you survive the week and begin to fall back into your normal routine when the war in your uterus is over.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or if you want to share any of your tips for surviving the crimson tide.
Below I’ve included a few videos I did concerning greener methods of handling your period and my review on the Livia device that is said to help relieve menstrual pain.
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