When you're in the middle of working out, the last thing you may want is to have a period leak. But you also don't want to keep from working out just because it's that time of the month. Thankfully, there are a number of hacks for exercising during your period, and engaging in these habits can help ensure you get the exercise you want without having to stress about staining your favorite yoga pants.
Although working out can seem like a hassle when you are on your period, it can actually help you feel better. "Every woman’s menstrual experience is different," Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, tells Bustle. "Some women are asymptomatic, while for others that time of the month may leave them bedridden with pain and bloat. Exercise, however, has been found to decrease some of the painful symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. During exercise, your brain releases endorphins — chemicals which cause you to 'feel good' — and it also decreases your pain sensation by interfering with prostaglandin production, which causes cramping."
When you're menstruating, going to the gym seems much more of a challenge, but to make the best out of your workout during your period, try these seven hacks for having your period at the gym.