🗣 Our cycle isn’t just about the week we bleed. It can actually be broken up into 4 different parts, depending on what our hormones are doing. Lets talk about how to work out for your cycle.
You can support your body in lots of different ways throughout the hormone fluctuations, one of which being your workout routine.
✨ Menstrual Cycle ✨ – Day 1 – Day 2 or 3 (the days of your heavy bleed) are ideally your least active days. A short walk or some light stretching may be helpful to alleviate cramps and encourage blood flow, but this is the time to treat your body as if it is going through something really taxing and exhausting – because.. it is.
Towards the end of your period when your bleed is lighter, you’re actually going to start transitioning into the ✨ Follicular Phase ✨ and you’re here until you ovulate. This is a time when you’re going to have the most energy to focus on weight training, HIIT, and going hard in the gym.
After ovulation, if you aren’t pregnant, you’ll be in the ✨ Luteal Phase ✨. During this phase, your hormones are reaching their peak point. You may find yourself having more mood swings, cravings, or other PMS symptoms this week.
Ideally, this time of the month will be symptomless, but this is a good time to focus on less physically exhausting workouts like yoga and pilates.
For my gals who are missing their cycle right now, track by the moon to encourage your body to get into a natural rhythm! Period on the full moon, ovulation on the new moon.
Do you workout according to your cycle? Let me know! 👇🏼
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.