Period Workout: Lifting the Curse

“Don’t mess a girl in her period!” Guys should definitely remember that as women tend to get so emotional and sensitive these days. But hey girls, you don’t need to lock up in your room and exhaust all your energy in feeling sentimental or suffering the pain of menstrual cramps. Why not put your focus on exercising. It will not just help your feel better but it will also keep you on the lighter mood.



Period Power
How’s this for irony: When you have your period (and the week after), your body is more like a man’s. During this part of your cycle, your levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are at their lowest, making you a little more dudelike—at least metabolically, says Stacy Sims, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at Stanford University and a leading researcher on the impact of menstruation on athletic performance.

“It’s a subtle hormonal shift, but it’s enough that it could make you feel more powerful during exercise,” says Sims, who began her investigation out of personal curiosity (she suspected her hormones affected her performance in a triathlon).

Her research shows that during this low-hormone phase, women also recover faster and have a higher pain tolerance. Why? “A probable theory is that your body isn’t preoccupied with preparing for a possible pregnancy,” she says. “Your baseline is reset into a more relaxed mode, so these other systems operate optimally.”



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