If you’re a person who gets a menstrual period once every month or so, you probably are familiar with how it can throw off your routine. And if you have bad PMS, with intense cramping, insomnia, fatigue, and digestive issues, sometimes the last thing you want to do is think about working out. So how do you balance fitness with PMS? Here are some tips.
Go Easy On Yourself
First of all, it’s totally okay if your PMS is so bad that you just can’t bring yourself to work out. The important thing in fitness is being consistent over time. Missing a workout or two because your cramps are so bad that you can’t get out of bed is totally okay and not a big deal at all in the long run. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
Do Try to Get Some Aerobic Exercise In
That being said, aerobic exercise and getting your heart rate up can really help reduce PMS symptoms, so if you have the energy, doing even a light workout can provide you a lot of relief.
Do What Feels Good
If you’re feeling up to it, you can try to do a normal workout when you’re PMSing, but listen to your body. Lots of ab crunches might not feel the best in this time, but maybe yoga and gentle stretching feel amazing.