Post # 1
I just started to exercise and my periods have arrived. I did great yesterday when it was starting, however it is very heavy today.
Wondering does anyone else take a break when their periods are at their heaviest?
Post # 3
I actually find that exercising during the period makes me feel better. Yes, its hard to get dressed and go to the gym when you feel bloated and achy, but once I get going, I think it really helps my cramps, clears my head, and makes me feel better all around.
Post # 4
I have really heavy periods but it doesn’t affect my exercise. I find exercising helps with the cramps too.
Post # 5
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For me I tend to get more exhausted when I get my period, so that is what makes in diffcult. I can’t always push myself to go. I still try my best though but I might end up cutting back a little. If my body is really telling me I need rest, then I listen and rest instead. I also try not to judge my weight too much that week since I seem to gain 3 lbs overnight and then lose it overnight as soon as my period is over.
Post # 6
@SmileyKitty: Nope I don’t take a break. I take birth control though so cramps only last like half a day, otherwise I’ve never let my period interfere with my life.
Post # 7
@SmileyKitty: I can do anything I want on my period, even at its heaviest. Honestly this thing is God’s gift to women. I don’t know what I did before it. And talk about a money saver.
Post # 8
@Ms_Purple: Same here. I’ll notice a pretty definite difference most times in how much I can do for the first couple days of my period. For instance, if I’m benching 65lbs (dont laugh haha) normally, I couldn’t even complete 3 sets of 8 reps, whereas today I did it just fine. Same with running…it makes me feel better but I wear out a lot faster. I still exercise and all though and try to give it my all even if my all is slightly less than usual 😉
Post # 9
@SmileyKitty: I still exercise when I have my period, but I do tend to scale it back a little bit. I get menstrual migraines and so a lot of exertion or getting really warm on my period will give me one. Then I’ll be flat on my back for the rest of the day and/or throwing up.
Post # 10
Nope, I do my regular routine. I was on the pill though, so I had very little cramping. I think exercise should help with cramps though. My periods also are not very heavy (thanks again to BCP) and I use a cup so I don’t even notice it except once or twice a day.
Post # 11
I do my regular routine but I know I am completely exhausted! Yesterday I didn’t lift as much as I usually could, I just couldn’t!
Post # 12
There is usually 1 (sometimes 2) days a month when I’m bleeding heavily and cramping pretty bad. I definitely take that day off from exercise! Instead, I lay on the couch with a heating pad, watch chick-flicks, and indulge in some Ghiradelli dark chocolate 🙂
Post # 13
Funny you post this, my cycle started today and I’m so crampy as hell. I planned on working out today and even though I’m not feeling to hot, I’m going to work out anyway.
Post # 14
I get super heavy periods with insane cramps so I normally take 1-2 days off (I can barely stand up and walk to the bathroom to throw up, much less run 3 miles of hills). By day 3, I’m usually back to my normal exercise routine.
I have found that doing a hard workout 1-2 days before I start helps lessen the severity and duration of my period.
Post # 15
On cramp day (one dreaded day a month) I’m lucky if I can drug myself up enough to stand up straight. Usually I just lay on the couch with a heating pad and cry but on the chance I have classes or work, it’s lots of Maxidol throughout the day and grin and bear it time. I dont ever exersize on this dreaded day but it’s because of the pain not the cycle.
The rest of my period is fair game. Life can’t stop!
Post # 16
I threw up in the middle of suicide runs when I was on my period. I felt the cramps and pain at first, but I kept motivating myself and telling myself to push through it. I did forget about it when I was struggling to keep pace, and then before I knew it I threw up.
No high intensity cardio for me on day 1 of my period from now on.