Exercising is important to your body, health and fertility in many ways. I’ve broken down the cycle in the different parts and have discussed ideas that might benefit your body best during each of them.
During the menses part of your cycle, you should try calming exercises. Okay, seriously, who wants to work out while you’re on your period? I sure as heck don’t. So calming exercises sounds like the most work I want to do. Yoga, walking and stretching can help decrease the pain caused by cramping. These types of exercises can also boost your mood, which we all know can decrease greatly during this time of the month.
Next during the follicular phase, you’ll notice an increase in energy levels as your estrogen levels increase as well. This is a great time for cardio but make sure to stretch first to lower the chances of injuries.
During ovulation, you may notice that your body is feeling a little off, you may just need a rest day. Your hormones have been going crazy so give your body the day off that its craving. You’ll be burning some calories in the bedroom later anyway, wink wink.
Finally, during the luteal phase, you’ll notice that your body temperature may slightly increase, making long workouts seem near impossible. Is it hot in here or is it just me? Instead you should try interval training which will be great for those days where you’re experiencing an increase in energy still but can’t seem to make it through hour long exercise routines.
Let me know what exercises you like to do during the different parts of the month. I’m always up for new ideas.