It’s that time of the month… I’ve heard that exercising can help improve mood, ease premenstrual tension and cramps and give you a much needed energy boost but I hadn’t tried it myself until a couple weeks ago. I’ve learned to listen to what my body needs prior to "Aunt Flo" coming to town – red meat!! I give in to my hankering for a nice bit of steak once a month and the iron and vitamins in my grass fed, humanely raised, organic beef definitely help my body. My other must haves prior to "Aunt Flo" coming to town? More dark leafy green vegetables, lots of water and pineapples!! The enzyme, Bromelain, in pineapples help break down proteins and that helps digestion. My strategy is to follow my steak meal with a glass of freshly juiced pineapple. A day or two of this and I am ready!
This time I decided to bring in a lighter version of my exercise routine. I was feeling my usual first day ugh… Tired. Sluggish. Crampy. Irritable. I decided to go to my gym and put to the test what I’ve read about exercise and periods. I started with 15 minutes on the Elliptical. I went at a slow to moderate pace paying attention to how my body was feeling. After that, I did some light weight training. Some arms. Some legs. Squats. A little abs. And a lot of stretching. I incorporated some yoga stretches. Child pose. Cobra. Stretched up and to my sides. 45 minutes of exercise and I felt refreshed and I noticed that I was in a better mood. I thought to myself “Yay!! It does work!” This was definitely one of my better ideas :)
I invite you ladies to try it!!
- Listen to your body
- Eat the high quality foods
- Exercise but go easy on yourself
- Stay hydrated
Cramping, irritability, bloating, fatigue, etc are no fun! Work with your body and give it what it needs to take you through this time of the month as painlessly as possible. You might even find that it doesn’t remain a "dreaded" part of being a woman! :)
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