Physical activity during menstruation - yes or no?

 Physical activity during menstruation - yes or no?

Menstruation is a problematic period for many women and often involves various sacrifices. Is the popular belief that it is necessary to limit physical activity during menstruation true?

When the hard days come

The female body gives monthly warnings of the approaching period of the menstrual cycle. Loss of mood, feeling unwell, lack of energy and severe abdominal pain are more or less diseases that women have to deal with for some time. Obviously, this condition is temporary and everything returns to normal after the end of the period. Although this period is not

 necessarily a nuisance in itself, a few days before - when the level of progesterone reaches its maximum - the discomfort can pass. It is difficult to talk about motivation for any activity, when constant disturbances can lead to a loss of balance.



But the pain isn't always so unpleasant that it prevents you from being fully active! Often, women proactively decide to wait and give up exercises that, in their opinion, can further aggravate the situation they are going through. Another common solution is to resort to sweets that release endorphins in the body. Their action helps reduce constant irritability and restore emotional balance. Women often feel sad during menstruation, tend to cry and have trouble concentrating.



But it's hard to expect results from staying under a warm blanket and eating one piece of chocolate after another. Not to mention, sweets are a veritable calorie bomb and a "perfect" source of sugar and unhealthy fats. Often, the effects that are achieved when losing weight

 are lost, and all this work was for nothing. The vicious cycle repeats itself and the best excuses are an “innate tendency to gain weight” or a “slow metabolism.” With such an approach, you cannot blame anyone but yourself.


Are sports and physical activity allowed during menstruation?

They are definitely not contraindicated! Every woman goes through her turn differently. However, if period pain can be relieved with the usual painkillers, exercise should definitely not be considered a taboo! Especially if you train regularly! Additionally, low-intensity workouts can provide several important benefits:


Physical activity can relax overly tense muscles and relieve severe cramps in the lower abdomen, relieving abdominal pain.

The movements will increase the level of endorphins mentioned earlier and lead to a noticeable improvement in mood, which will allow you to restore emotional balance without having to consume unnecessary calories

Since we are talking about calories, physical exertion will definitely reduce the desire to eat something sweet as well as excessive appetite

Exercise can help stabilize the endocrine system


What about intensity?

Let's try to listen to our bodies and understand what it wants to communicate to us - the level of persistent pain is a critical factor for training. In case of severe discomfort, it is advisable to bet on activities that relax the abdominal muscles, such as yoga, running, swimming in the pool, Pilates or stretching. In case of profuse bleeding, it is better to refrain


 from strength exercises or intermittent exercises, which can only lead to increased blood loss. However, there is no comprehensive plan for training during menstruation. If the gynecologist does not see any contraindications and you feel healthy, then nothing prevents you from doing exercises of normal intensity!


Diet and supplementation are just as important!

Often, during weight loss, problems with the menstrual cycle occur, which are caused by an excessive lack of energy and low consumption of calories! Hunger and attempts to shed extra pounds too quickly can often lead to various hormonal disorders, which are caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the daily diet. Irregularity in subsequent periods or excessive pain during menstruation are common effects of an unbalanced diet.



Physical activity is associated with increased demand, which can be difficult to meet with daily nutrition. Especially if the diet itself does not provide the optimal amount of the most important active ingredients. All of them are important, but in the context of the rules, special attention should be paid to:


  • Iron
  • magnesium
  • Vitamin D3
  • Folic acid
  • B vitamins

The above ingredients are preferably delivered as a vitamin complex designed specifically for physically active women! The OlimpLabs and Olimp Sport Nutrition brands offer several preparations that will supplement your diet with the necessary ingredients and


 provide you with fast, convenient support every day. Preparations such as Vita-Min plus for Women or Vita-Min Multiple Lady from the Queen Fit series are products from the pharmaceutical company OlimpLaborators with high-quality ingredients tested for


 microbiological purity and selected in easily absorbed forms. This helps ensure that the supplements are effectively absorbed. The optimal proportions of the individual components, in turn, ensure the necessary safety during use.

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