The Best Period Proof Activewear To Keep You Moving During Your Cycle

Period wear has changed.
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Period proof activewear is here. 

For a long time, getting your period meant taking a step back from your workout routine. From worrying about leaks to wearing uncomfortable pads, it was sometimes easier to just stay on the sofa. 

But things have changed. 

These days, the world is becoming a lot more period positive. Professional athletes are embracing cycle syncing (where you adapt your training to the different stages of your cycle) and sports associations are slowly loosening their ‘white shorts only’ rules. 

Period proof activewear is here. (Credit: Getty)

Since period underwear arrived—and completely revolutionised mainstream menstrual wear—the period product market has also expanded to include activewear. Think leak-proof leggings and bike shorts with built in protection

This isn’t just a win for professional athletes but for all of us who want to move our bodies while having our period.  

According to a 2021 Adidas study, 1 in 4 girls drop out of sport during adolescence because of period leakage. While there’s nothing wrong with slowing down on your period, you should stop your workouts because your body needs a rest—not because you’re worried about your period leaking through your exercise gear. 

Your period shouldn’t stop you from working out-unless you want it to. (Credit: Getty)

For many people, exercise can actually help alleviate common menstrual symptoms, such as abdominal cramps and bloating, and greatly improve our moods.

But how does it actually work? Let’s explain. 

What Is Period Proof Activewear?

Period proof activewear is essentially workout clothing that’s designed to be worn while you have your period. Like period underwear, some period proof activewear is equipped with built-in liners that will absorb blood—meaning you don’t have to wear underwear with them unless you want to. Other period activewear is designed to be worn with your tampon or menstrual cup as an added layer of protection. 

The Best Period Proof Activewear To Buy In 2024


  1. Modibodi Recyled Shorts, $59.00, Modibodi
  2. Nike One leak Protection, $40, The Iconic
  3. Modibodi 7/8 Recycled Active Legging, $99, Modibodi


Modibodi Recycled Running Shorts

from $59.00 at Modibodi

With a discreet built-in-brief that can absorb up to 15 ml of blood, or two to three tampons worth, these period safe running shorts are guaranteed to keep you comfortable during everything from your hot girl walk to marathon training.

  • Moderate to heavy flow
  • Absorbent built-in brief
  • Pockets for keys and phone
period proof bike shorts


Nike One Leak Protection: Period Mid-Rise Shorts

from $40 at The Iconic.

If you prefer bike shorts to exercise in then these Nike mid-rise bike shorts are perfect at every time of the month. With an ultra-thin liner, these will prevent leakage when worn with your usual protection, and are ideal for the lighter days at the beginning and end of your period.

Key features:

  • Ultra-thin and absorbent liner
  • Mid-rise length
  • Made with recycled polyester
period proof leggings


Modibodi 7/8 Recycled Active Legging

from $99 at Modibodi

These Modibodi leggings will make sure your period doesn’t prevent you from attending your favourite yoga or Pilates class.

Key features:

  • 15ml absorbency
  • Outer fabric with moisture-wicking treatment
  • Phone pockets
period proof leggings


Techfit Period Proof 7/8 Leggings

from $90 at Adidas

With a no-show multilayered protection system, these Adidas techfit leggings are designed to act as additional protection when worn with a cup, tampon or pad.

Key features:

  • Discreet multilayered protection
  • Moisture absorbing Areoready technology
  • High rise fit


PUMA x Modibodi Active Cycle Short

$63.75 at Modibodi

These cute red cycle shorts are a result of a PUMA and Modibodi collaboration, meaning you get the Puma trusted activewear with period protection from Modibodi.

Key features:

  • 15ml absorbency
  • Moisture wicking treatment
  • Comes in aubergine and black.

Looking to save money on period proof activewear? Check out our coupon codes for Modibodi, The Iconic and more.

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