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Exercise & Your Period / FFF Week 1 Challenge Article 4

Friday, October 26, 2012

Exercise and Your Period
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Since my TOM arrived today, thought this was a fitting article to wrap up my challenge assignment. Ironically, I read this article back when I joined SP in 2008. However, it is a good refresher to remind ourselves that even though when TOM is present and do not feel like exercising, it actually improves the adverse symptoms that occur during that time of the month. It also provides some helpful hints of things to avoid as well (see below).

The following suggestions will help you develop a synergy between menstruation and exercise, so you can optimize your workouts, and your periods:

- If you are just beginning an exercise program, and you suffer from cramps and other period-related issues, then start out slowly. Make sure you're listening to your body and not overdoing it.
- Increase exercise around your period, which will improve oxygen circulation throughout the body.
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
- Avoid lots of salt (but use spices, especially spicy ones, liberally).
- Avoid refined sugars and fried foods.
- Avoid caffeine—it can make cramps worse.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Use heat to relieve cramps so you can get to the gym and stick to your workouts.

And the best for last -
By exercising consistently, you may be able to achieve a lighter and shorter menstrual flow, a lower incidence of mood swings, and a stronger pelvic floor, which can better support your reproductive organs.
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JCARDINAL 10/27/2012 4:12PM

    I second Marki' emoticon s post!!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 10/27/2012 9:24AM

    Good work Melissa. emoticon and I agree Marki emoticon

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HEARTOFCHRIST 10/26/2012 7:23PM

    Great information!

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OLIVIANIGHT 10/26/2012 4:58PM

    Good to know.

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RYDERB 10/26/2012 4:29PM

    Exercise endorphins make everything better! Just like chocolate emoticon emoticon

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CHEETARA79 10/26/2012 1:56PM

    Mine arrived today too! It sucks but at least I'm not suffering alone. Haha.

I do try to exercise during my monthly because it really helps with cramps and my mood. I have, however, heard the opposite about caffeine. I've hard that it can help with cramps which is why caffeine is an ingredient in drugs like Midol.

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