During my research to write interesting and informative fitness/health pieces, I came across this gem that I couldn’t even duplicate if I tried. It’s what every woman wants to know. Can you really blame that lame workout on your period? and how can you maximize your workout when its that time of the month, whether you’re cramping or bloating. Muscle and Fitness Hers hit it on the nail with this article, it’s a little lengthy but worth the read. Here’s how you can adjust your training and nutrition regimen to match your cycle to reap the most benefits any time of the month. Find out how you can finally take control of your hormones. below;
FIRST DAY OF YOUR PERIOD – DAY 7
The average woman’s cycle is 28 days, though some are shorter or longer than others. “Estrogen and testosterone levels are rising from rock bottom beginning on the first day of your period, so you’ll feel a bump in mood and energy,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine. “In general, the hormone estrogen makes you feel good, while testosterone boosts libido.”
● Fitness Fundamentals: “Your feel-good hormones are starting to kick in, so your energy levels will be a bit higher and your appetite slightly suppressed,” says Kim Oddo, a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, and owner of Body By O. Take advantage by dedicating a little more time to longer weight-training and cardio sessions.
● Nutrition Know-How: “You don’t want to do anything to elevate blood sugar levels and trigger cravings, so stick with foods that are lower on the glycemic index,” Oddo says. To tame a sweet tooth without sending glucose levels soaring, try having a cup of low-sugar, nondairy coconut (or goat’s milk) yogurt topped with berries. For something savory, go for roasted chicken with a baked yam.