Being on your period can make you feel like you want to curl up in a ball sometimes, but staying active can give you an excuse to get out of the house and boost your mood. We’ve compiled a list of 5 of our favorite low-impact workouts that will help you stay active without being super exhausting. You can also do all of these things alone or in a group—depending on what you need at the time.
What makes yoga a great period workout is the fact that there are a variety of classes with different levels of intensity. Depending on how you’re feeling and what you need that day, you can work up a sweat in longer, more difficult classes, or maintain a sense of calm with breathing-focused practice.
Swimming laps is a relaxing way to stay active and cool. Of course, getting in the pool on your period requires specific types of protection like a tampon, a menstrual cup, or a period swimsuit constructed with a special ultra-absorbent gusset to prevent leaks in and out of the water.
Similar to yoga, hiking is awesome because you can scale the difficulty of the workout to reflect what is best for you. Whether you’re walking around a local reservoir or following trails in local hiking spots, this is a great way to get outside and take in the natural beauty of your area.
Riding a stationary bike in the gym is a great low-impact workout, but riding your bike outside is a fun way to stay active that isn’t just a workout for workout’s sake. Taking a short ride to your favorite bakery or the drug store to run errands can be a nice way to get in a little exercise while you’re trying to accomplish something. Feeling a refreshing breeze on your face can give your mood a bit of a boost, too.
Pilates includes a machine along with straps and pulleys to make the workout a bit more intense. The various movements and deeper stretches can give you a great workout, but it’s probably best for your lighter days.
Working out on your period doesn’t have to be miserable. Picking a workout that can be altered to reflect your comfort level is important, but making sure you’re being kind to yourself and taking breaks from your workout schedule is just as valuable for your mental and physical health.
Natasha Davis, Pill Club Copywriter