So, what should your period workout be like?
Dr Khemani recommends the following exercises that can get you through a terrible period with ease:
Walking: Going for a walk is the best exercise to do during menstruation. It is simple to perform and can release tension, stretch the lower back, and relieve bloating. It’s also a gentle activity that won’t stress out your body.
However, if the thought of it makes you cringe, take a trip around the block or head out to buy stuff from the market. The leg movement will loosen up your pelvic muscles and therefore, relieve pain.
Leg lifts: Exercising during your period doesn’t mean you need to leave the comfort of your house. You can simply perform leg lifts at home as they can loosen up your abdominal, back, thigh, and pelvic muscles. This is how you can do them:
To start, lie down on a mat and straighten your legs. Slowly, lift your right leg up so that it creates a 90-degree angle with the floor. Hold for a second, then bring it back down. Repeat with the left leg. This finishes one rep. Go on to perform three to five sets of 5 to 10 repetitions each and you’ll feel relaxed afterwards.
Side lunges: Compared to the standard lunge, the side version is gentler. It’s easier on the knees, so it’ll feel less painful during menstruation. Additionally, this exercise will help you deal with cramps in the hips, butt, and thighs. This is how you can do them:
Stand with your feet and knees together. Step to the side with your right leg and lunge towards the floor while keeping your left leg straight. Push yourself back up so that you are standing up again. Repeat with the left leg and stick to 3-5 sets of 5-10 repetitions.
Plank: The plank exercise is great if you have lower back pain during your period. This move will strengthen your back while easing tension. Your hips, butt, and abs will also benefit from this exercise and you’ll sense relief from period cramps too.