Preparing for a sporting competition, whatever the discipline (tennis, marathon, trail running, judo, dance, etc.), requires regular training, a complete diet and a great deal of effort on the part of the body. In short: considerable effort, regularity and strict discipline. But when you've got periods, how do you keep training? s
Are sport and periods compatible?
Contrary to what you might think, sport can help reduce pain at periods. In fact, after a certain amount of activity (around 30 minutes), the body releases beta-endorphin, which promotes a feeling of well-being and reduces pain.
A 2001 study shows that sportswomen suffer less from dysmenorrhea than non-sportswomen.
How to choose the right sanitary protection for sports?
To perform well in a sporting discipline, you need to be comfortable in your sportswear and equipment, and therefore logically comfortable with the sanitary protection you use. Our collection of menstrual briefs collection is totally adapted to all sports and will accompany you for 5 years :)
For water sports like swimming, the best sanitary protection if you have light flows will be the period swimwear. If, on the other hand, you have a medium flow, you can combine our period swimwear with an internal sanitary protection, such as a cup or tampon (we choose organic ones to avoid any chemical components).
For all other sports, the hygienic protection par excellence remains period pants. In fact, our Elia menstrual pants - depending on the flow selected - can absorb up to 12 hours' flow (but be careful when playing sports, as the flow may be heavier than usual due to movement). For sports use, we recommend our Louison cyclist (suitable for hemorrhagic flows), our Sixtine or Armande shortys and our Simone panties.
What to eat during periods and sport? Food and nutrition:
As with any sporting activity, nutrition plays a key role, and even more so during the periods period. Before and after periods, it's all the more important to have a good supply of protein and iron. Whether through animal proteins (such as red meat) or vegetable proteins (such as legumes). To assimilate these proteins and iron, it's also important to have a sufficient intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as peppers, kiwis, oranges, guava...
What sports should you play when you have pain at periods ?
As we saw earlier, in theory, we can practice any type of sport during our periods. But if you're more comfortable with a "softer" sport, we can recommend yoga, which not only works on flexibility and muscle development, but also helps you relax through breathing. Pilates also contributes to relaxation, with movements that soften the muscles of the perineum and the abdominal muscles, thus reducing the contractions of the periods. The same applies to stretching, which lengthens muscles and contributes to relaxation. As for dancing, this practice will influence your well-being and mood by letting off steam to music you enjoy. It also helps to minimize feelings of bloating.
Sport can therefore be a solution for painful periods . However, some people feel unable to exercise during their periods : that's totally ok.
periods pain varies from person to person, as does the level of fatigue. People with heavier and longer periods may suffer from anaemia and severe fatigue, which makes it harder to practice sport. Others may just want to exercise during their periods period. The important thing is to listen to yourself and your body.
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