Yo ladies, this one is for you!
I’ve been there. Your period comes along and you are ready to ditch the gym, grab a tub of ice cream and hit the couch all day!
While that ice cream isn’t going to help your cramps and bloating… getting your sweat on just might. Here are a few things you might not know about working out and your cycle.
To start off our cycle is divided into three phases.
- Follicular phase (1-14). Day 1 of our period. Periods last for 3-8 days. The last few days of this phase our testosterone levels increase. This is where we have our BEST LIFTS. Hitting PRs and sex drive is high AF…. Right before our most fertile time. No wonder. 🙄😅
- Ovulatory phase - One day
- Luteal phase - This is the phase that #PMS begins. Lasts about 11 - 17 days. YEPP! About 2 WEEKS every month we feel bloated, have food cravings, headaches, trouble sleeping and are just off the rocker a bit. TWO FREAKING WEEKS! That is half the month women are trying to push a rock up a hill.
During your Luteal phase it might be a good idea to push more volume and/or higher intensity exercises. Not going for any PRs in this phase like at the end of the Follicular phase.
While we definitely should go easy on ourselves during that last phase. Avoiding exercise isn't going to save energy or make you feel better. Here are some benefits regular exercise during your period can have.
⭐️ Exercise increases blood flow which can help decrease menstrual cramps
⭐️ During exercise #endorphins are released, which are the feel-good chemicals released in our brains. Endorphins in turn help relieve pain. So in this scenario, the more endorphins you release the less period pain you feel.
⭐️ Working out on your period can also help with #bloating. When you sweat during exercise, your body is shedding water, which may relieve some bloating.
So next time you are feeling low on energy. Give yourself a break, take it easy and then remember you are a damn powerhouse. If we can get through two weeks of battling our insides squeezing us, we can get through a #workout.
Thank you Julia for allowing me to share this great piece, which affects us ALL.
I had the privilege of meeting Julia last November at my sister's gym Retro Fitness in Pennsylvania. Check out her page