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have a happy period:Exercise this is the time for it!

Discussion in 'Gynaecology' started by Bhavani22, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Bhavani22

    Bhavani22 Gold IL'ite

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    Contrary to the age-old belief, women during periods are capable of sustaining intense physical activities. There is an increase in the hormones like estrogen, progesterone and luteinizing hormone during various phases of the menstrual cycle. All this is accompanied with an increase in the metabolism and body temperature.

    Research studies indicate that women do well in endurance activities during their periods since they are able to increase fat mobilization and breakdown, and inhibit the use of glycogen. Less lactate builds up in the muscle and, as a consequence, women are able to sustain a relatively high intensity of exercise for longer time. Generally, women also report that they feel the exercise to be easier at this time.

    The elevated performance during the latter part of the cycle may be offset by symptoms of pre-menstrual tension that some women experience, which include, for instance, anxiety, nausea, irritability and bloating. There is some suggestion that peaks in testosterone combined with estrogen lead to increase in strength and this makes the exercise effective in the middle of the cycle. In the latter part of the menstrual cycle, ensure that you exercise in a cool environment to offset the changes like increased body temperature and heart rate.

    Significance of exercise during periods

    Regular exercise is recommended as one of the ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort that some women experience before and during menstruation. Customary exercising can significantly reduce the severity of the symptoms like premenstrual syndrome or PMS or menstrual cramps. Exercise and walking help in alleviating bloating.

    Exercise is safe during periods
    Amidst all the myths and misconceptions surrounding menstruation, there is no reason why the period should get in the way of your daily activities, and more so, the exercise. In fact, light exercises and a brisk walk instead of running can be an alternative for preventing heavy bleeding or aggravation of other symptoms. The weights and the number of squats or push-ups can be reduced during the strength training exercises.

    Exercise helps
    • Aerobic exercises aid in alleviating dysmenorrhea by releasing endorphins, the natural painkillers in the body and by altering the prostaglandin production.
    • Exercise can take care of the depression, the anxiety and the mood swings during PMS for similar reasons.
    • Exercise aids in reducing bloating because sweating releases body water.
    • Increase in the levels of glycogen (stored glucose) coupled with increased estrogen and progesterone levels lead to more efficient burning of fat in case of exercising during the second half of the cycle.
    • If blood sugar levels are high in diabetic women during periods, exercise can help in getting rid of the extra glucose!

    Common ladies!

    Admin Note: Here are some interesting links on physical exercises

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/k...rences-between-physical-activity-fitness.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/blogs/drsurabhijain/benefits-of-exercising-during-pregnancy-7459/
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/general-discussions/199359-three-minutes-exercise-can-ward.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/k...e/90167-exercises-get-long-firm-flexible.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/k...hape/130512-exercise-yoga-during-periods.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/keep-fit-and-maintain-shape/156018-workout-problem.html
     
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  2. mimur9

    mimur9 IL Hall of Fame

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    nice post bhavani.

    In olden days, ladies during their periods used to sweep the garden and do some cleaning activities. There are many age old good practices that are followed but lost its significance in the due course of time.
     
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  3. IndhuRamesh

    IndhuRamesh Platinum IL'ite

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    Nice and informative post.
     
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    bunnyrosecute Silver IL'ite

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    thanks for the good post
     
  5. vidhya3b

    vidhya3b IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks a lot!!!! Its a very good piece of information!!!! :)
     
  6. Bhavani22

    Bhavani22 Gold IL'ite

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    Thanks mimur,bunnyrose,indu and vidhya!
     
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    alady Senior IL'ite

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    Dear Bhavani! I always believed in the contrary. Thanks so much for clarifying the myth! :)
     
  8. suganvijay

    suganvijay Platinum IL'ite

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    Clarification Of myth I must say. :)
     
  9. SGA

    SGA IL Hall of Fame

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    i did my workout during Periods toooo....
     
  10. NewlyPg

    NewlyPg Bronze IL'ite

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    Thanks for the information :2thumbsup:
     

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