A woman's cycle is a complex process. The occurrence of hormonal spikes and declines alter the way we feel both physically and mentally. During this stage of our cycle, we may see drops in our strength and stamina, we may fatigue quicker and be more prone to injury, as increased levels of oestrogen relax our muscles, tendons and ligaments.
In part 1 of this series, we delved into the first 14 days of your cycle. Let's take a look at the last 14 days.
15-18 = Hormones changes may intensify your emotions, you're feeling tired and lethargic
16-22 = Oestrogen drops, testosterone and progesterone are high, sensitive skin and breakouts, good time to eat healthy
23-25 = High progesterone, bloating, lowered libido
26-28 = Fight sluggishness, PMS and boost serotonin with exercise.
No matter where you are in your cycle, it's always best to keep moving. Speak to your Trainer, be open and comfortable about where you are in your cycle so your trainer can adjust accordingly. If you have severe cramps or excessive flow, you don't want to keep quiet. If you're on day 1-2 and your PT is pushing you for a personal best in a lift - that's a recipe for injury! Keep it light and manageable. The release of endorphins will help reduce mood swings. Movement can also help with sleep and resist cravings, as long as macronutrient needs are met.
Next time your period comes around, pay attention to all these little details and take note of what's going on. Our bodies are incredible and we should listen to them.
* Quick side note - those on the pill may not be as affected by menstruation when it comes to exercise, as the pill's artificial hormones aid in balancing the body's hormones to prevent these imbalances from occurring. This all depends on the type of pill and its strength.
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