Do These 6 Things Instead When Your Period Prevents You From Exercising
Most women have heard that it’s actually beneficial to exercise during your monthly cycle.
But, as we all may know, there are times when it feels like mother nature is kickin’ our butt.
Between the heavy flow, the jabbing cramps, and the headache, sometimes we just have to sit out from exercise for a day or two.
But, do you know what?
(Get ready for an unpopular truth.)
Allowing yourself to take an unexpected rest day is absolutely okay, and it won’t ruin any progress.
Your weight loss journey should be about treating yourself better overall, (mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) outside of the physical aspect.
You may not feel up to exercising during your period, but did you know there are other healthy “exercises” you can do that will release endorphins, cater to your mind, and make you feel productive?
Grab a cup of tea and relax a bit as you read through (and adopt) these 5 practices to use during your montly cycle.
Self-Care is the new hobby
Self-care is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind when that time of the month has you feeling crummy.
Take a few hours, or even an entire day, if possible, to relax and pamper yourself.
You can use this time to soak in a hot tub, diffuse essential oils, listen to music, do an at-home manicure, take a nap, etc.
Self-care isn’t a one size fits all sort of thing, so however you enjoy taking care of yourself is what’s best to do.
Listen to Podcasts
If you haven’t been introduced to the world of podcasts, then today is the day to get acquainted with it!
Whatever topic you are interested in, can most likely be found on a podcast.
Podcasts are great at making you feel motivated, encouraged, and inspired, which is exactly what you need when your cycle prevents you from exercising.
You may not be moving your body physically, but best believe your mental health is getting a good workout.
Journaling is not only therapuetic, but it’s a relaxing and gentle way to check on yourself mentally.
Just as exercise helps you relieve stress, the same thing happens when you journal.
Get out your notebook (it doesn’t have to be fancy) and write down everything that comes to mind.
Don’t put too much thought into it, either.
Simply write down how you feel, your ideas that have been floating in your head, and get inspired!
This is another great way to still be productive during those tough period days.
Personal Development Books
Books, magazines, and novels…oh my!
Although we live in a technological world, a good ol’ book can never be replaced, and will always do your mind some good.
If you are in need of inspiration or motivation, choose a personal development book.
Looking for something that will help you escape the reality of life? Get entranced in a fiction tale.
You can also exercise your spiritual health by reading the Bible (or any other book that supports your religion belief).
If you feel like you need to do some movement during your period, you can always do something light, such as stretching.
Stretching is a good way to relieve any stress or tension in your body due to a previous workout routine or poor posture.
You can also pair your stretching routine with meditation.
Meditating can help center your thoughts, relieve anxiety, and can even manage menstrual related pain.
Light movement during those tough period days is the perfect way to ensure you stay on track with your exercise schedule.
Simply Rest (or Do nothing)
This tip isn’t favorable or easy for everyone to do, but it’s one that is equally important as the rest of them listed above.
If no one has ever told you this before, allow me to be the first to do so…
It is completely okay (and even healthy) to allow yourself to do nothing!
As a mom of 3 children, I can sometimes feel out of place when I get some down-time.
Resting isn’t something that is naturally in my DNA; I always feel like something can be done.
But, I have learned that your body needs pure relaxation every now and then, especially during your menstrual cycle.
Feel free to put your feet up, listen to some good music, and enjoy doing absolutely nothing for a while.
I promise, your mind and body will thank you later.
This list is only a handful of things you can do when you don’t feel up to physical activity during your period.
Your body has a cool way of letting you know what it needs and what is lacks, so be sure to listen to it.
Skipping your workout for a day or two will not undo any progress or make you gain weight.
It’s important to remember to continue eating healthy and drinking plenty of water, as this is what your body truly needs during this time.
Give yourself grace; your workout will be awaiting you to kill it once you’re ready!