Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:
Traditionally, women on their periods do reduced activity compared to their normal amount of every day activity. However, this varies depending upon you age and current health scenario. Typically, a healthy young woman can do the normal amount of activity she does on a daily basis without exerting herself. But, most women today suffer from abdominal cramps, mood swings and general tiredness. This is has become the norm these days due to many factors like lack of proper nutrition and poor lifestyle.
If you do jogging on a daily basis and do not suffer from extensive pains during your menstruation periods there is no reason to discontinue jogging. It may even be advantageous as a moderate amount of activity during your periods may alleviate your symptoms and ease pains due to the release of endorphins. However, if you are feeling dizzy, nauseated or have severe body pains it is advised you skip jogging and just stick to doing some low-impact exercises and stretching.
Ayurvedic traditions describe periods as a ‘Vata Dosha‘ activity. So, if one does exercises during periods,Vata is said increase which may lead to worsening of abdominal cramps and body-ache. A study published in the April 2008 issue of the “British Journal of Sports Medicine” found a correlation between a woman’s menstrual cycle and her subsequent chance for sports injuries, specifically ACL tears. The study found that ACL tears were more likely during the pre-ovulatory phase of menstruation.
You know your body better than anybody does, so listen to your body signals and follow them. Pushing yourself too hard while you’re body is busy doing something else may actually cause more harm than good. If you’re already having medical issues, consult with your doctor about continuing exercise/jogging during your period. However, if you are healthy and don’t feel the period blues, go ahead and jog on!