Hands Stretching

MENSTRUAL WORKOUT #1

Type: Low intensity cardio
What you need: Whatever you prefer! Treadmill/Elliptical/Bicycle/Outdoor walk+jog/Stationary bike/Rower/Jump rope/Roller blades/Dancing/the choices are endless!
Suggested time: Late afternoon/early evening
Total time: 15 - 20 minutes

Why?
Gentle movement in the form of low intensity cardio is perfect at this point in your cycle. It is excellent for getting the blood pumping and reducing stress and inflammation (a major cause of PMS!) without over doing it. Bonus points if you’re able to do it outside!

LOW INTENSITY CARDIO

- Keep a comfortable, steady pace for 15 - 20 minutes
- You should be able to hold a conversation throughout

 

STRETCH

MENSTRUAL WORKOUT #2

Type: Yoga / Stretching / Mobility
What you need: A mat
Suggested time: Late afternoon/early evening
Total time:
- 3 or 4 rounds: 24 - 32 minutes
- Hold each pose for 1 MINUTE
- Cycle through this sequence 3 or 4 TIMES

Why?
Yoga is such a great way to get in gentle and supportive movement when your energy is likely low without over stressing the body.
I specifically chose these poses because they get the blood flowing to the areas of the body that are most commonly affected by PMS. They will also improve digestion, ease cramps, headaches, anxiety and other common PMS related symptoms.
* Feel free to use this workout more than once during your menstrual phase

Minute 1:   Childs pose (walk hands left and right)
Minute 2:  Supported bridge
Minute 3:   Seated butterfly
Minute 4:   Straddle
Minute 5:  Seated forward fold
Minute 6: Lying twist LEFT (30 secs) + Lying twist RIGHT (30 secs)
Minute 7:  Sumo squat stretch
Minute 8: Roly poly

^ Complete sequence 3 or 4 times through ^

MENSTRUAL WORKOUT #3

Type: Total body – Band workout
What you need: Light/medium/heavy bands - choose resistance according to how you feel
Suggested time: Mid-day
Total time:
- 25 - 30 minutes
- Complete 3 or 4 rounds of the below circuit depending on how you feel

Why?
Low intensity strength using the bands is perfect at this point in your cycle. It is excellent for activating certain muscle groups and preparing them for what’s to come over the next couple of phases without over doing it.

BAND WORKOUT

- 12 Banded 4 point kick ups LEFT
- 12 Banded 4 point kick ups RIGHT
- 12 Tricep dips
- 12 High plank step outs with band around ankles
- 12 Banded glute bridges with abduction at top (band above the knees)
- 20 Band pull aparts (put band around wrists with arms straight out in front and pull out)
- 16 Cross body crunches

 


^ Complete 3 or 4x through depending on your energy levels ^



STRETCH

MENSTRUAL WORKOUT #4

Type: Total body circuit - Moderate strength + moderate cardio
What you need: Medium weights
Suggested time: Late afternoon/early evening
Total time:
- 2 or 3 rounds: 24 or 36 minutes total
- Cycle through this circuit 2 or 3 times depending on your energy levels

Why?
This workout is perfect for the end of your menstrual phase when your energy levels begin to pick up. It will get the heart rate and muscles going a bit more than the others in this menstrual series without overtaxing the body.

LOWER BODY
Minute 1: Weighted alternating step ups
Minute 2: Weighted calf raises
Minute 3: 30 seconds: Squat jumps
Minute 4: Rest for 1 minute


CORE
Minute 5: Cork screws (modification)
Minute 6: Mountain climbers
Minute 7: Weighted sit ups
Minute 8: Rest for 1 minute


UPPER BODY
Minute 9: Push ups
Minute 10: Wide grip bent over row
Minute 11: Bicep servers
Minute 12: Rest for 1 minute

^ Complete entire circuit 2 or 3 times through ^

 

STRETCH