(Closed) Exercise and Periods.

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have really heavy periods but it doesn’t affect my exercise. I find exercising helps with the cramps too. 

Post # 5
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

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
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@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 # 8
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
9161 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
7450 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1781 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 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.  

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