Kanye Not...Work Out On Your Period
"Kanye Not?" is a series where we explore superstitions and we test them to find out: CAN YOU or KANYE NOT?
Our first KANYE NOT challenge: working out on your period. Hell yeah or fuck no?
I mean...let's just skip the intro, shall we? You know what your period is, rite? There's blood, cramps, bloating, and emotional recklessness. Nuff said.
Now let's get into the good stuff.
Spoiler alert: it's not just "okay" to exercise on your period. It's actually recommended to work out on your period. #SorryNotSorry.
The data doesn't lie. Cmon, facts!
YES YOU CAN: Exercise alleviates symptoms.
Like Lil Jon says, “Work your body, work those hips!”
Bloating, be gone: When you make sweat sexy, water comes out of your body. This will help you bloat less and combat heavy flows.
Get that blood outta there: all that gravity and jumping around helps release blood, so you can move on with your life. It's kind of like when you gotta take a shit. Don't just sit there, move! Exercise loosens things up. The literal act of jumping up and down is going to help push blood in the right direction (out of your body, duh).
Exercise relieves cramps better than popping pain killers: Doubling over in pain? We getchu. It sucks. Try, just try, to lace up your sneakers and shake it off. Exercise is the best pain reliever out there. Working out gives you endorphins, which are way stronger (and have zero long-term side effects) than popping an Advil.
YES YOU CAN: You burn more calories on your period, so take advantage of it, lil ma.
Any coincidence that the sprint red light section 🚨 could also be the best workout for when you’re on your period?
When you start menstruating, your levels of estrogen and progesterone drop. This can help your body burn through glycogen a lot easier than when you’re at high-estrogen time periods and fat breaks down slower. So take advantage. Go ahead get in those extra reps of mountain climbers! Your period is when you are actually strongest! Superwoman, yas.
YES YOU CAN: You CAN handle the heat 🔥
Want to try 305 Flow and get your hot yoga on? Your period may be the best time to try.
Due to a low-hormone phase, your body temperature is lower when you’re on your period, which means it’ll take longer for you to fatigue. You’re also able to tolerate humidity and store more heat at this time.
Or, just chill TF out!
Listen, we're no there to tell you what to do.
If you’re really not feeling up for working out, that’s all good too. Don’t feel bad for not going full-out. Sometimes all you need is a walk home from the train to reduce the inflammation you’re feeling low.
Got your period?
Fuck yes, you do! Sign up for a class now.