5 Days to an Easier Period: Day 5
We’ve all felt that exercise is good for us! In fact, the effect exercise has on your hormones has been of interest to researchers studying lifestyle factors that may help women reduce their risk of breast cancer. And, it is not entirely surprising that the research has shown a positive correlation between regular exercise and lower circulating estrogen in perimenopausal and menopausal women.
Which is a good thing, but there’s more good news about regular exercise and hormones: Research has also shown hormone related effects of exercise including:
- An increase in endorphins produced by the pituitary gland
- More even levels of the “stress hormone,” cortisol
- Gives your testosterone production some encouragement (yes, we also need a touch of testosterone for muscle tone, metabolism, and other good things)
So regular exercise is definitely recommended as one of our top ways to have easier periods.
But/and… it’s also true that for many of us, what our body needs most right before our period is rest.
I used to really push myself and avoid sleep and then I would be knocked down by my periods. I finally learned my lesson that rest is not just good, but essential as my period approaches.
When you feel tired in the days leading up to your period, taking care to get a full night’s sleep or taking a nap will help your body feel prepared for the work bleeding requires.
However, while rest is important, I don’t bury myself in bed before my period because it just isn’t practical most days! I also find that even though vigorous exercise may not be on my docket right before my period, getting in a walk, dancing, or some restorative yoga can work wonders to encourage blood flow, which can ease cramping.