Let’s dive into the world of cycle syncing fitness and explore how cyclical living can transform your exercise routine. Discover how tailoring your exercise routine to your menstrual cycle can elevate your well-being and empower your fitness journey.
Our menstrual cycles are like an internal compass guiding us through different phases each month. From the energetic highs of the follicular phase to the serene days of the luteal phase, our bodies go through unique changes. So, why not make our workouts work for us by tapping into the incredible power of cycle syncing and embracing the principles of cyclical living?
Phase 1: Mindlfully Menstrual (Days 1-7)
This phase is associated with the new moon. During this phase, our hormones are at their lowest and the body is physiologically primed to perform at its best. However, if you have symptoms like cramping you might want to wait a few days to take advantage of that. Light exercise would still be good as it can promote an anti-inflammatory response relieving pain and lifting mood.
Phase 2: Follicular Fun (Days 8-14)
This phase is associated with the first quarter moon, where you may feel a burst of energy! Now you are out of the crampy uncomfortable phase, take advantage of rising oestrogen – it’s anabolic meaning it helps to build muscles and you will have faster recovery times. The follicular phase is the perfect time for high-intensity workouts like cardio, strength training, and dance – this is definitely the time to go for your PB! Experience the benefits of cycle syncing as you ride the wave of increased endurance, strength, and motivation.
Phase 3: Ovulation Celebration (Days 15-17)
Embrace the joy of ovulation – associated with the full moon – by cycle syncing your workouts with activities that bring pleasure and creativity from an increased connection to your body. Dance classes, yoga flows, or team sports can complement your vivacity during this phase of cyclical living, enhancing your mood, confidence and overall wellbeing.
Phase 4: Luteal Love (Days 18-28)
This phase is associated with the last quarter moon. As you enter the luteal phase, progesterone becomes the predominant hormone so you might start to feel a little calmer but with lower energy. As this hormone peaks, it’s counterproductive to try to build muscle mass as progesterone is catabolic, meaning it breaks things down. As you enter the latter part of this phase, prioritize gentle movement in line with the principles of cycle syncing – conserving energy where appropriate. Yoga, Pilates, and brisk walks offer support during pre-menstrual days, promoting stress reduction and improved sleep quality. Listen to your body, and honour its need for rest.
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Cycle Syncing – The Power of Hormonal Alignment
Now that you know how to sync your workouts with your cycle, let’s explore the incredible benefits of cyclical living in relation to exercise:
- Boosted performance: Aligning your workouts with your hormonal fluctuations allows you to capitalise on your body’s natural strengths, leading to improved performance and results.
- Enhanced wellbeing: By embracing the changes in your energy levels and mood throughout your cycle, you’ll cultivate a deeper connection with your body, fostering a sense of wellbeing and self-acceptance.
- Hormonal harmony: Syncing your exercise routine with your menstrual cycle promotes hormonal balance, potentially easing symptoms like cramps, bloating, and mood swings.
Embrace the Journey of Cycle Syncing
In conclusion, your menstrual cycle is a powerful ally on your fitness journey. Embrace the principles of cycle syncing and cyclical living, and let your workouts be a celebration of your strength, resilience, and femininity. Your body will thank you for it, and you’ll be amazed at the positive changes you can experience when you flow with the rhythm of your own cycle. Happy syncing on your journey of cyclical living!
Want to know more about cyclical living? Check out my blog ‘Cyclical Living – What Does It Mean?’ here.
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