How to find exercise you enjoy
Workout so you feel good in your body. That should be the number one fitness advice everyone hears. What tends to happen is we get so caught up in the rules, what we think we "should" be doing, what has worked for other people.
To get better answers, you need to ask better questions. So asking yourself how can I move my body is a wonderful question. Don't get caught up in the answer.
I've found for many women we go through spurts of energy followed by wanting to quit and throw in the towel on our programs after 2 weeks. There is a reason for that, our monthly cycles. We feel energetic the first two weeks of our cycle but it slowly starts to wane around day 20 of your cycle.
Listen to your body and slow down your workouts to fit your body, not your body to fit your workouts.
Here are a few ideas on how to move your body in a way that is sustainable for women working out with your cycle.
Menstrual Phase- Days 1-5
- Resting on days 1 & 2
Follicular Phase Days 6-12
- Strength training with no rep schemes meaning make it fun!
- Aerial Yoga
- Mini triathlons- bike 5 miles, run 1 mile, swim for fun
Ovulation- Days 13-15
- HIIT Workouts
- Hot Yoga
- Bike 40 miles
- More intense strength training
Luteal Phase Days 15-28
- Strength training- 3 sets 10 reps the first 8 days
- Specific body part target strength training
Remember doing anything is best. What sounds good to you in your body at this time in your cycle? Daily your energy will change based on your sleep, what you eat, and if you have any hormonal imbalances that need to be altered.