Bloating. Cramping. Moodiness. Ick! Ladies, we’ve all been there. When Mother Nature pays her monthly visit, going to the gym is probably one of the last things you feel like doing. But taking a kickboxing class during your period and in the days leading up to it is actually one of the best ways to combat menstrual pain and fatigue, as well as curb mood swings. So when you feel like a grumpy beached whale, pull yourself off the couch and make it a point to show up to Evolution MMA’s kickboxing classes Miami.
A 2013 study of young women diagnosed with PMS experienced a significant decrease in both the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS when they added three days of hour-long aerobic activity to their weekly routines. “This is probably because exercise triggers a release of feel-good endorphins, which helps with mood-related period issues,” says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine.
Another study found that women who participated in an aerobic exercise program saw more improvement in their premenstrual symptoms, particularly depression, than those who only did strength training. Aerobic exercise combats anxiety, depression, mood swings, and sluggishness caused by PMS because it boosts metabolism and improves circulation. Some researches have even suggested that endorphins in the bloodstream may help control your sweet tooth by stabilizing blood sugar. The stretching and breathing techniques we do in the warm up round for the best kickboxing Kendall, FL offers can also help decrease moodiness by easing muscle tension and focusing the mind.
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Of course, not every workout is going to be your best. Cramps and bloating may make it hard to achieve a killer workout, but the good news is that you don’t have to train like a beast in order to see both physical and psychological benefits. “If you can make yourself do something you’re probably going to feel better,” Minkin says. While exercise like kickboxing classes Kendall can have an impact on cycle symptoms, monthly hormonal fluctuations can affect your workout too. During the middle of your cycle when ovulation occurs, your testosterone levels peak, explains Minkin. Because of this increase, some women actually feel small energy increases and experience a better workout than usual.
Although PMS may cause you to feel heavy, bloated, and lazy, you should fight the temptation to sacrifice your workout routine for Doritos and a carton of Ben and Jerry’s. Pumping your body full of extra salt and sugar will only make you feel worse. Understandably, you may want to ditch your kickboxing partner for Netflix, but keep in mind that some exercise is better than no exercise for minimizing fluid retention and boosting your mood. So don’t dodge kickboxing. Your body, as well as just about everyone you come into contact with will thank you!