Building on our blog post from last week about period workouts, here are some specific exercises for each phase of your menstrual cycle, straight from GirlU founder Mayling Kajiya.
Day 1 signals the first day of menstruation (bleeding). I wouldn’t recommend doing too much on those days because you are probably uncomfortable. A simple walk or hike is sufficient.
Follicular Phase (Yay My Period is Over!)
Right after your period is over (maybe day 5) is the optimal time to really kick into high gear.
Yay my Period is Over Workout (YMPO Workout)
Warm up – light jog and stretch
3 rounds for time, no stopping between sets:
15 Chair Stepups
15 Chair Pushups
20 Chair Tricep Dips
It’s time to turn it down a notch and go for longer, low-intensity exercises
Warm up – light jog or stretch
20 Walkouts with legs straight, walking body out into a pushup position and walking back with straight legs
20 Forward Lunge with arms raised over your head and back knee almost touching the floor
20 Side Lunge (Lateral) with knees inline, toes and pushing your butt back
20 Curtsy Lunge
30 Ab Curls with legs resting 90 degrees on a chair
This is the perfect time to go for a light jog, 3 miles max. Try going outside so you can enjoy the scenery! Or check out that Hatha yoga class that you’ve been eyeing. Even a meditation class would be great.