That Time

Gone are the days when you could get out of physical education class by letting your teacher know it was "that time of the month.' Today most women feel perfectly comfortable keeping up their exercise programs during menstruation. In fact, doctors recommend exercise to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)— fatigue, edginess, depression—as well as the muscle cramps that come later.

There's no reason not to weight train during your period, as long as you use common sense and listen to your body. If you have a day or two when you feel especially weak, it makes sense not to push it. You probably don't want to add weight to your usual routine on these days. This is especially important if you tend to be anemic. But if you're just a little tired and cranky, stock up on your feminine hygiene products and head to the gym. Keep in mind that many Olympic athletes have competed for and won medals while menstruating.

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