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Health update: Here’s why you shouldn’t give up on working out during your period

From working out in the gym, to trying alternate yoga routines — exercise is vital even when you are on your period.

fitness Updated: Feb 16, 2018 15:23 IST
Nikita Saxena
Nikita Saxena
Hindustan Times
Workout,Periods,Menstruation
Opt for lighter workout routines like yoga if a gym session feels too much during periods.(iStockphoto)

Does your family or your peers tell you to give up on your fitness regime when you are on your period? Well, it’s time to bust some myths. While one needs to regulate their routine, there is no reason to not keep your health game strong.

Generally, it is said that a lot of women are impacted during periods and have aversion to exercising. But, these are more myths than truths — Jinnie Gogia Chugh

“Generally, it is said that a lot of women are impacted during periods and have aversion to exercising. But, these are more myths than truths. The female body goes through the complete cycle of menstruation, and has various stages/phases,” says fitness expert Jinnie Gogia Chugh. She adds, “High-intensity training or heavy lifting is said to be avoided during the days of heavy flow. The reason being the cramps and the discomfort that one has. Some women experience water retention and bloating. But these should not keep anyone away from their workout.”

If you feel like your gym routine makes you fatigued, or gives you cramps, look for alternate options like yoga, sports, or running.

If one does feel faint or weak during a workout, the best thing to do is to lie with your head down and put your feet up — Sonali Gaur

Gynaecologist Sonali Gaur feels that it’s a myth that women should take a break from workout when on their period. “In no way does it affect your blood loss. If one does feel faint or weak during a workout, the best thing to do is to lie with your head down and put your feet up. Take it easy. What you can do is to follow a routine that your body is used to, don’t make drastic changes,” says Gaur.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 15:22 IST