You might not feel up to an hour-long cycling class or even one burpee while on your period, and that is more than fine. Exercise can be especially helpful in soothing period discomfort, but it doesn’t need to be intense or challenging for you to reap the benefits.
According to physical therapist Anna Ribaudo, DPT, there are simple stretches that may be helpful in alleviating period side effects, such as lower-back and hip pain.
“Exercises and stretches can be really helpful during your period,” Ribaudo said. “Endorphins, which are pain-relieving, pleasure-inducing chemicals, are released in your body with exercise, which can make exercise a way better option then the fetal position. Exercise also decreases inflammation, improves blood flow, and helps to boost your energy levels.”
Before trying out these stretches, Ribaudo suggests going for a walk first to warm up. You can read more about the benefits of each stress ahead. Remember to listen to your body and stop if any of the stretches are causing you pain.