I always try to exercise during that time of the month.
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552 8/21/13 12:05 P
Ugh, I feel you.
To be honest I do take a day or so off every month because I am sluggish and crampy and exercise makes me feel frustrated and bad. If I am not in too much pain I'll still go for a walk, but if I am I pretty much stay in bed every minute I can spare. I make up for it in two ways: 1. by exercising a little extra before and after that day (I love the week after!) and 2. by treating myself well with food. Light, nutritious, whole foods, lots of fresh veggies, a baked sweet potato, lots of small meals and lots and lots of water and herbal tea.
Edited by: BUNNYLAMB at: 8/21/2013 (12:06)
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59 7/26/13 5:42 P
I can't exercise that week. I get migraines all day every day. (ain't being a girl fun? LOL) so what I do is 3 weeks a month and hope like heck it does the trick.
Exercise has helped with so much - first the cravings. I have fewer now and I handle them better. And because I'm not eating all of that salt, my PMS isn't as bad. Yeah, I hate the feeling, but I find that the longer I do this and the more I work out on my schedule, the better I feel
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203 7/22/13 11:10 P
I'm at the stage of life that I get my period every 4 months or so (jealous?). I never know how I'm going to feel or even when it's going to hit me. I have to push through my normal routines like any other day. The only thing that will stop me in my tracks is a migraine, which I sometimes get with my period.
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7,799 7/22/13 10:11 P
IMO exercise IS a good thing. I sleep better, feel better and it is a great stress outlet. Sometimes you have to follow Nike....JUST DO IT!
I get my period bad, like giving birth kind of bad. Ok well first 5 cm of labor bad lol. But anyhow exercise does help, I don't push as hard on those days and it is nice to do a yoga days or just elliptical but I do try to do something :-)
Having been working out strong for about 2 months, my cramping has gone way down. It still isn't fun, but I no longer feel like I am going to die. It really depends on my symptoms. If they are very bad, I do whatever I can, start slow, and go from there. If I can make my full workout, then I do. If I have to cut it to low impact and do that, that is okay too. I also find that exercising helps get rid of any cravings I used to get before, or at least lessens them.
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336 4/19/13 11:37 A
Usually I feel the worst on the first day of it and lay down with my heating pad. Then I resume my routine the next day.
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681 4/19/13 11:14 A
If I'm really not feeling well, I usually take a day off and curl up into a little ball. Otherwise, I go for a run. Running makes my cramps feel better, but I usually have to take aspirin before my run because my muscles and knees tend to ache more when I exercise the first few days.
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21,771 4/19/13 8:32 A
The world doesn't stop when a woman's menstrual cycle hits. I have known women who had crippling cramps that required medication. If you just feel a little off, don't skip your routine. As others have mentioned and I'll agree to, doing some exercise can help reduce any cramps you're feeling.
Here's something I noticed in my own journey, as I lost weight as a result of a healthy diet and regular exercise, my menstrual symptoms decreased. In fact, some of them disappeared. The monthly lower back aches disappeared and the cramps decreased significantly. I still had the bloating.
So, with time, you may notice some of your symptoms decrease if you can keep up your healthy habits. If you're not feeling well and need to lay down, that's one thing. But don't use your cycle as an excuse to skip a workout. The universe really does need to keep chugging along.
I agree - just do it. If you are crampy, take some Ibprofin, wait 30 minutes or so and get whatever workout you were planning to do done with and you'll feel better. Exercising helps relieve my cramps and any moodiness I have can be taken right out with a good cardio kickboxing workout.
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43 4/19/13 8:23 A
I also have found that working out relieves my cramps and helps with the feeling of being down or sad. It is hard to do it but I just have to think about feeling better and I agree a short workout is better than nothing.
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3,510 4/19/13 8:18 A
I find that exercise relieves my cramps and bad mood when my period strikes. I often don't feel like it either but that's when it's time to JUST DO IT.
A short workout is better than no workout.
I've never completed a workout and then regretted it.
I have a problem of staying on track when Mother Nature Strikes! Every other month i have to find a new groove & as soon as i'm getting the groove of working out everyday That time of the month time strikes then i don't feel like doing anything. Any Suggestions
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