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Ladies- Working out while on the Period???

It is always so hard for me! What about you ladies? Any tricks up your sleeves to make it any better?

Tue. Jun 26, 5:55pm

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Actually, stretching and working out helps relieve my cramps.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 6:24 PM

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I don't always feel like it - especially if it's heavy and I just feel icky and gross. But I figure I'll just go for a walk and so long as I get some gentle exercise in then that will be sufficient. Well sure enough once I get going I'm usually good for more than a walk.

Unless there's more than just my period going on, I have always felt better after I exercised than I did before. However I don't have severe menstrual symptoms so I certainly can't speak for those who do.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 7:29 PM

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I actually find that the first day or two of my period my endurance goes up, so once I get moving, I can keep moving for a longer time without feeling tired. Try getting yourself well-hydrated first, and just get started. If you start to poop out early, switch over to stretching, yoga or something less strenuous than usual. It helps to have had a little extra sleep the previous night too, so maybe going to bed a little early while you're in that mode would be good.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 8:27 PM

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I have pretty severe menstrual symptoms and I usually can't do anything until day 3 or 4.

Friday, June 29, 2007, 3:20 PM

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I've never had severe mentrual symptoms..but when I'm running track, my period is amazing. It's light, lasts about 3-4 days, I have ZERO day-before yucky feelings, PMS is unnoticable, and at most I crave a little more food the day before and the 1st day.

I think it's the runner's high that really helps..and running increases the amount of endorphin signaling in your brain or something like that, which is proven to help with pain management...

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 3:02 PM

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I try to work out harder than usual for the entire week before my period...It lessens my cramps. I don't work out that intense all month long, but I do notice if I pick it up a couple of notices the week before, my cramps are very bareable!

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 3:13 PM

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