While everyone rides waves of energy, those that menstruate can experience far more aggressive peaks and troughs. Most women will acknowledge this when they are menstruating, as the physical evidence of your period (and the constant checking to make sure it hasn't leaked onto your brand new tights) is enough to make you understand why you might not be performing at 100%. But, our cycle is more than just our period, and there is growing evidence that proves just how beneficial it can be to consider your monthly cycle when it comes to your exercise regime.
Just like the seasons, the female body goes through cyclical changes. For the most part, this is entirely out of our control. So, just like you aren't going to punish the sun for doing its thing and being hot in summer, don't punish your body for doing its natural thing during your cycle. Female physiology is not a weakness. We are strong and powerful, and your training goals don't have to suffer because of your period. You might just have to change up your perspective a bit to get the most out of every workout.
Still not convinced? In 2019 the US Women's Soccer Team planned their world cup training around their player's periods. They won the entire tournament, and the women were empowered to embrace their body rather than just pushing through the discomfort. Sounds pretty cool, hey?
When you choose to work with your body, instead of against it, you'll be amazed at how quickly it will thank you. Not only will it perform better but also you'll potentially decrease your risk of injury.
This blog will give you some insight into each phase of your monthly cycle and how you can maximise your workouts to go with the flow (pun definitely intended). Of course, we must point out that everybody is different, and at the end of the day the best exercise is the one you feel good doing.