The simple fact is that around 70% of women suffer from PMS symptoms to a certain extent. Less than a third of women can say that they are completely free from these symptoms and while for a number of those 70% these symptoms are not too pronounced, for some of us, they are a killer, especially when it comes to trying to do our fitness routine during those days.
The excruciating combination of bloating, food cravings, sleep problems, pronounced fatigue and negative mood changes can be a total downer and it can prevent even the most persistent among us from doing our fitness routine and staying on top of things with the diet and the workouts. Luckily, there are things that can be done.
Go Easy on Yourself
The first thing to do is to go easy on yourself and admit to yourself that everything is not peachy and that there is something to be said about taking things a bit easier during those days. This is not embarrassing and this is not something that you should hide from yourself or from others. No one is going to think less of you if you say that you are not feeling 100%. If you are not feeling like doing the full workout, do half of it, reduce the intensity. There is no one who will start saying things behind your back. Be honest to yourself.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping healthily and enough is difficult to do anyway and during the PMS symptoms, it is even more important to get enough sleep. Make getting enough sleep your priority. If you have to choose between doing the dishes and getting some sleep, go to bed, take a nap. Your chores will be there and you will feel much more up to it if you give yourself enough sleep. The same goes for workouts. If you work out in the mornings usually and find it difficult to get up and go to the gym or wherever, stay in bed a bit more and get much needed sleep.
Working Out Helps Pms Symptoms
All that being said, one of the best things that you can do to alleviate your PMS symptoms is to actually work out. You can reduce the intensity as we have said and you can start incorporating more cardio workouts that will help release beta-endorphins that help alleviate cramps and discomfort. Also, working out will elevate your mood. As we all know, there is a direct correlation between physical activity and serotonin and dopamine. Do not give up on working out.
Quality Diet and Supplements
When you are experiencing PMS symptoms, it is more important than usual to watch what you eat and to make sure you get enough of the nutrients and vitamins that will help your body fend off the symptoms and that will help you feel better. Do not discard supplements that you can get and that can be of huge help when you are experiencing PMS symptoms. As experts claim: “Faster recovery, stronger immunity and digestive function as well as motivation in regards to adherence to your goal can all be achieved from the best meal replacement shakes.”
Author bio: Olivia Still is a blogger, fitness enthusiast and health nut by her own admission. Her zest for training is only rivaled by her willingness to share her personal experience with the world.