While on the one hand, getting your periods is a relief; on the other hand, it can feel like a pain (quite literally!) that needs endless doses of chocolate and tall glasses of warm water to cure. The good news though is that the timing of this monthly menace is under your control! You read that right! No longer will periods spoil your plans for the day in anyway.
How can you control your periods, you ask?
Simple. Just do any one of these nine exercises to make your periods happen before their scheduled 28th day.
Any exercise that makes use of the lower half of your body is a great way to induce your periods. Squats help in stimulating the muscles that reside in your pelvic and abdominal region, thereby bringing out the flow.
To do this exercise, place your feet apart and keep lowering your buttocks till your hips are positioned below your knees. Make sure your arms are stretched out, and your back is straight and that your weight is supported by your heels. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Sit-ups work by applying pressure on your abdomen and thereby, bringing about an early visit from Aunt Flo.
Start by laying straight on you back. Then bend your knees with your feet flat, and place your hands beneath your head. Slowly lift up the upper half of your body using your abdominal muscles. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
3. Twisted crunches
These are similar to sit-ups but with a little twist. Twisted crunches are also known as bicycle crunches and can help tone your abs and thighs as well.
Lay straight on your back with the back of your head supported by the palm of your hands. Your knees should be bent upwards with your feet flat on the ground. Next, lift the upper half of your body, but instead of pushing it straight, bend it to the right towards your chest. Rest and repeat 10 to 15 times.
4. Standing twists
This is one great exercise if you don’t have the time to indulge in a full-blown workout. You can do it anytime you’re standing.
To start, place your feet apart so that they are at level with your hips. Then twist the upper half of your body till you feel the muscles on your back tense up. Do the same motion towards the left to complete one set. Get back to the original position and repeat 10-15 times.
If exercises bore you, running can be a rather fun alternative to get your periods sooner. And if you don’t even like running, jogging is always there to make things easier for you. To get the maximum out of this simple exercise, make sure your arms move in tandem with each step you take. Run for about 30 minutes.
6. Abdominal twists
You can only get your periods to knock on your door before they are due if you apply pressure on your abdomen, and admonish twists can help you with that.
Bend your knees while sitting on a mat. Keep your back straight while leaning a little towards your back. Twist the upper half of your body towards the right without moving your knees. Slowly get back in position and twist to the left. Repeat 15 times.
7. Reverse crunches
Get the muscles of your pelvis moving so that you can menstruate early by doing reverse crunches.
Lie down flat with your arms by your side. Then slowly bend your knees, while lifting your legs off the floor in gentle motion. At this point, your thighs should be perpendicular to the floor beneath you. Now, slowly start doing ab crunches as you breathe in. Hold for a moment and then exhale and go back to the original position. Repeat 20 times.
8. Stability ball knee tuck
This one is going to require a bit of flexibility so don’t try out if you’re too stiff or you might end up with aches and pains.
Before you get into position, put the stability ball on a mat. Now, lie down on the ball with your back up and your face towards the floor. Your knees should rest on the ball. Slowly, walk ahead with your arms in a way that the ball moves back from your knees to your legs. Repeat 15-20 times.
This exercise focuses on the movement of your inner thighs so that your pelvic muscles can be loosened up.
Lie with your back on the floor on a mat and raise your legs up but be sure that you do not bend your knees. Next, lower your left leg till it is just a couple of inches from touching the ground. Maintaining the position, lift your head and shoulders up and pull your right leg towards yourself. Do the same with your left leg. Repeat a total of 15 times.
The good thing about these exercises is that they are natural and completely safe. However, don’t expect them to work their magic overnight. Just do them regularly to bring your date forward.