When it’s those 5 days, even the most active woman tends to slack off from her daily activity. Bloating, cramping and general irritability are not the best companions for a general fitness regime. Running with period is generally considered not-advisable, so let us find out from Dr.Rajat Chauhan if you can.
Do you think women stop training during their periods?
There is no one size fits all. Having said that, most can carry on being physically active and playing sports even during periods. The ones who might consider are a short break are the ones who have pains along with their periods. Again, it has been shown that staying physically active actually reduces such symptoms. Simple answer is, bleeding shouldn’t affect you taking part in sports and training.
In your opinion, what is the best way to deal with bloating and cramping?
I am not a Obstetrician – Gynaecologist but more than half my clients / patients are ladies, so based on that staying active is very important to tackle these symptoms. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that folks who are physically active have a higher pain threshold and are able to tackle pain better. We have to keep moving those limbs. Now we know for a fact that bed rest isn’t a great idea. It’s about pro-active rest, if at all.
Does period affect running performance?
As I said earlier, it’s not the same for all. In some cases, it doesn’t matter at all, but some are affected for a day or two based on the symptoms they feel during periods. The best way to tackle it is not to push yourself as hard as you would otherwise and that can be a comfortable experience.
Any advice to women who might be running with period during a marathon?
In general what’s your advice to women about staying healthy & fit?
How can a woman start a fitness regime?
Dr.Rajat Chauhan is a sports medicine doctor, ultra marathoner who has trained many men and women achieve their fitness & running goals.