We get it: There’s a time each month when the idea of heading to the gym just feels like the worst. This is caused by the hormones progesterone and estrogen being at their lowest levels of your cycle. The result is some of your least favorite side effects: fatigue and low energy.1
And while your cycle can affect your workout, experts say that exercising during your period may actually reduce your PMS symptoms, such as painful cramps, fatigue, muscle aches and bloating.2 These tips can help you feel better — and give you the power to thrive even on period days.
Of course, every woman — and every period — is different, so it’s important to listen to your body before trying any new exercises.