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Exercise and Your Period

What You Need to Know to Go with the Flow


  • Every other month I experience very low energy days during my period, so I take it easy, but I plan on doing some type of exercise anyway. - 5/12/2014 3:00:22 PM
  • lifetime avid exerciser, never experienced menstrual cramps or any troublesome period symptoms, 41 yrs old. - 11/16/2013 12:10:10 PM
  • Thanks for the tips but don't see that anymore. - 11/16/2013 9:58:37 AM
  • Exercise during my period is NOT an option. I have PCOS and get contractions along with the cramps, bleed extremely heavily, and clot. I have seen a doctor, yes, but that doesn't mean I'm suddenly going to be jumping up and running on the treadmill. What it does mean is that I'll be lying low and on narcotics to dull the pain, along with having nausea and the occasional migraine.

    If you're one of those "normal" women who get to exercise and leave the house during your period, lucky you. This advice does not apply to all, and a trip to the doctor isn't necessarily going to change your life. - 10/7/2013 11:11:26 AM
  • I've found that eating food high in Iron helps cravings, beets, tomatoes, spinach, etc. And light exercise: Long walk with music, or 10 reps of a few strength workouts. - 8/27/2013 11:07:44 PM
    I think this all depends on the person and where they are in life. I am 46 and in the Peri-menopause stage. Every month is different and exercise isn't always possible. And yep I talked to my Doctor and she advices that I do what I can when I can. If you wonder why I said exercise isn't always possible it's because I also get migraines. - 4/22/2013 5:48:02 PM
  • Had horrible cramps this morning so I popped some ibuprofen and did a moderate weight training dvd. I felt so much better afterwards and I'm still feeling pretty good several hours later! - 3/21/2013 3:10:00 PM
    I noticed that when I went through menopause, my period turned into a question mark.

    Thanks...I'll be here all week! - 3/14/2013 6:59:52 PM
  • Caffeine will not make cramps worse. Midol and those types of menstral medications include caffeine for this exact reason.

    Otherwise great article. - 3/14/2013 12:41:23 PM
  • MISSY563
    Exercising during period days can get anyone exhausted very fast. Iron pills need to be taken by every woman.If staining is an issue,use period panties during exercise.Me and my friends use adira period panties.They do a good job. - 3/5/2013 1:17:09 AM
    Please have your iron levels checked. Women who regularly have low iron levels tend to have heavier flow--not the other way around. If you get the iron level right-your flow (many times) will be lighter. - 2/22/2013 7:13:37 AM
    my problem with my period was NOT just the fatigue but the fact my flow was so heavy just takin a step would result in me dropping golf ball clots(srry for the TMI) wearing depends and resting because all i could do was sleep
    i didnt want to exercise and fgot let go of many jobs for missing a week every month
    thank goddess my doctor and i are working for a solution...ultrasounds (external and internal) all have come back clear so birth control pills it is - 1/2/2013 11:27:32 PM
  • it's all nice, but for those of us who can barely walk despite having very understanding doctors and tried basically everything, exercise is just impossible. and having to take a full week of "off" time every 28 days makes it hard to exercise regularly.

    "Luckily" for me, I'm also suffering from nausea that week and it's stronger than the cravings. - 12/17/2012 2:41:23 PM
    This has definitely been an interesting article to read. There are lot of things I learned. Thank you! - 10/13/2012 3:15:08 PM
  • Nicely written! I love that you included a jump rope in the puberty kit - too many girls reduce or stop exercising at that age and it is so vital to be active for life! - 6/23/2012 8:45:30 AM

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