How’s the 2021 exercise regime working for you? All going swimmingly? Or are you in the throws of a visit from Auntie Flow? When a period hits, it seems nigh on impossible to do anything than feel sorry for yourself. When the lethargy, back pain, and stomach cramps kick in, there’s literally no way you will be moving off that sofa other than to get a hot water bottle and a bar of chocolate. Monthly menstruation can really interrupt our daily regimes, but instead of making a cycle fit to your routine, have you tried fitting your routine to your cycle? There are many fitness experts, period professionals (yup, you heard that right) and apps to offer your expert tips on how to make the most of your hormone changes so you can stay fit.
Phase One: Keep Moving
From the day of your first period, the oestrogen will be at a low level. So, it’s best to listen to your body and try not to push things too hard. That being said, it’s still okay to do low-intensity cardio like walking, yoga, Pilates, slow jogs and meditation while the painters are in. This can help level out any mood swings and boost your low energy levels, and the steady release of endorphins will help to alleviate painful PMS cramps.
Phase Two: Go Hard, Don’t Go Home
The week and a half or so after your period. A rise in oestrogen means you’re going to have the most endurance during this phase, so it’s a good idea to start upping your workout. The hormones in the body cunningly have anti-inflammatory properties which help to aid recovery after exercise too. Try your hand at circuit training, running or boxing to unleash the restlessness of the few days before.
Fitr Woman is an app that has been developed to coach you on eating habits and offers personal training advice in line with the different phases of your cycle. They partner with lots of young, female athletes who swear by it. Check this out - https://www.fitrwoman.com/
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