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How does your period affect your exercise routine?

It’s well known that the menstrual cycle can have an impact on exercise, and not just during your period. Hormonal fluctuations can influence your energy levels and performance all month.

If you’ve ever seen a tampon advert, you’ll be familiar with the format: a woman dances, plays tennis and rides a horse, all while wearing white trousers. The implication is that your period is not a time to curl up with a hot water bottle – it’s a time to get active.

Of course, if you’re one of the millions of women who suffer with PMS, bloating or painful periods, the lifestyle sold in the adverts may seem a bit far-fetched. However, there’s a grain of truth among the exaggeration. Exercise can be extremely beneficial during your period (though you may want to skip the white trousers).

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