Exercising and Aunt Flow

  • 2975 days ago

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    Hello Ladies! It's great to have a group for just us women :)

    I know I'm not the only woman who feels like lazing around, stuffing anything chocolate into my mouth and not even thinking about exercising while on my period.

    So, I was wondering if we could all talk about ways that we each cope with the down sides of menstruation? Do you modify your exercise routine when Aunt Flow comes for a visit, or keep on keeping?

    What advice/suggestions do you have for others?

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  • 2974 days ago

    Hmm.. for me, I never had any problems with exercising during menstruation. I bike, jog, and even do some strength exercising once a month. But I got a friend who can't do any physical activity at all during menstruation.. she takes like 3-4 days off before she can do anything.

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  • 2974 days ago

    I tend to be the same way as your friend. I try to do some basic exercising, but for the most part I just want to laze around and eat chocolate all day ;)

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  • 2973 days ago

    I try to stay active. Sometimes it helps my cramps. But if I have a migraine, then there's exercise going on.

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  • 2953 days ago

    I'm on a birth control that got rid of my period and cramps completely (it took a few horrid cycles to get there). I don't miss a beat anymore unless I choose to.

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  • 2952 days ago

    haleyb Fitness trainer
    I never work out when I have headaches- I just can't stay hydrated enough. But yes, exercise totally helps with cramps! So even when I'm miserable about it, I try to get moving, at least a little. Luckily, my cramps are generally pretty manageable since I've been on the pill.

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  • 2951 days ago

    I get so hungry when it's my time of the month. Besides the normal chocolate or ice cream cravings, I get just plain hungry. So I try my best to make sure there are lots of veggies and other good stuff in the house to munch on. I also try to get my workout in in the morning. I find my cramps aren't as bad then. I also find that the first few minutes suck, but once I get into my workout, I actually start to feel quite a bit better.

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  • 2925 days ago

    i usually don't have a problem getting to the gym....its the hunger that kills me...i eat like an animal....but i noticed when i have a headache and push myself to go...by the time I'm done at the gym my headaches gone, i feel relaxed and I'm ready to go home, eat and head to sleep :-)

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  • 2923 days ago

    I love to eat, with or without Aunt Flow. I'm on birth control which is a god send to me, because I can function now during that time of the month. But I continue to exercise and stay active pretty much all the time. Except, you know, when I'm being lazy.

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  • 2922 days ago

    I just want to eat everything! I'm never hungry but I never feel satisfied either. Sadly it's mostly carbs I go for. I try to remember everything I eat so i don't forget i'v already had a meal and try to move some. If i try to diet to much I can't move for days. I can't workout as hard because my body is pulling so much energy to keep me alive as it is. So really I cope lol I know when its coming and just cope.

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  • 2917 days ago

    I am the same way, I get really lazy and want to eat any and everything I know is bad for me, especially chocolate, but hopefully I can improve my choices of what I put in my mouth around this time.

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  • 2916 days ago

    The diva cup is a godsend for exercise during menstruation. So much better than tampons. I usually have to force myself to get started, but once I start exercising I forget how badly I didn't want to. Endorphins are wonderful things, and exercise does help relieve cramping or a lot of women.

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  • 2916 days ago

    I LOVE the diva cup! It really does help with exercising. I have endometriosis, so I will usually just curl up in bed for a good chunk of the time. When I'm not in pain, I do like to walk (especially with the dog)-I don't want to do anything more intense than that but it's better than nothing.

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  • 2914 days ago

    Does the exercise really help with headaches? I'm like a headache magnet, it's disgusting how often I get them. And I always feel like the bouncing around (for jumping jacks and such) will exacerbate it.
    Lucky for me, birth control exists, and so no cramps or excessive amounts of blood. I just feel kinda fat for the whole week haha!

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  • 2907 days ago

    I get tired, too, so I give myself permission to skip the aerobic portion if I feel like it. I still use our weights for lunges, squats,calf lifts, triceps & delt exercises. I can break those up when necessary.

    I think giving in to an ounce of dark chocolate is not a big deal. Recent studies have shown chocolate to be heart-healthy! Packed with antioxidants, too.

    As a 46 year old, I have found a supplement at the health food store that has regulated me & lightened flow, which is really helpful for energy issues,too.

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