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Q:

I always get sick during the first few days of my period and I cannot do anything for at least a week. Usually I suffer from migraine. After that I can no longer go back to the exercise routine I tried to create. How do you cope with symptoms of PMS? And what should I do to keep the exercise routine going?

Sent in by Wp, on 13-Oct-2011, under Fitness.

A:

What you are experiencing is very common with a lot of women. My advice to you is to take a week off exercise during the week of your period. If you are not feeling well, don't push your body beyond its limits. Instead, focus on light stretching and yoga. A yoga pose that helps me relieve some of the symptoms is: lie on your back with your butt against the wall and your legs up so you form a 90 degree angle. You can do that on the floor or on your bed. Close your eyes and stay there for 5 minutes.

You can also take some painkillers for your migraine or stomach cramps. When you feel better, resume your regular exercise routine. There's nothing wrong with taking a week off. Just get back on track when you can. Stick to regular exercise the other 3 weeks when you feel well.






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