I remember in the seventies when I was a young girl, the topic of periods or menstrual cycles were not considered polite conversation. We learned about these subjects in whispered conversations in the bathroom or dorm rooms from girls who barely knew more than we did. Women’s health and empowerment has come a long way since then, and rather than being a subject to avoid, young girls these days have the benefit of being taught how these cycles work and how to use food and exercise to empower themselves throughout the cycle.
If you’d like to learn to empower yourself, learn all about Biohacking Your Menstrual Cycle course and learn how to biohack how you exercise, what you eat and how you feel during each phase of your cycle. This course will teach you the basics of each cycle phase and you will learn which foods, and what types of exercise, is best for each phase. This course covers biology basics so that you really understand what is happening in each phase. You will learn how hormones affect your mood and mental energy. The course offers you advice on how to turn this knowledge into a powerful way to tap into these stages to make your life more fun and productive.
The average menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days but this is really merely an indication. Cycles that are considered normal can range between 20 days and 40 days. The term average is therefore probably not appropriate when describing biology because the truth is there really are few “average” traits within humans and each one of us is an individual. Cycles vary over time with women often experiencing shorter and longer cycles throughout the year. Variations of eight days between different cycles is still considered within normal range.
Stages of the menstrual cycle include:
· The Follicular Phase
· The Ovulation Phase
· The Luteal Phase
The Follicular Phase
The follicular phase of the menstrual cycle is when the ovarian follicles are preparing to release an egg. To ensure the follicles are stimulated to release an egg, the body releases FSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone. This phase lasts for around 7 to 14 days and due to the increase in hormones, women generally tend to feel more energetic or invigorated.
This phase is therefore a great time to start new projects and to take on high energy type exercise. The hormones within the body help to support positive mental attitudes, motivation and good moods. Take advantage of this phase to enjoy your life and your health; so really enjoy your food and your exercise routine.
If you are looking for a high energy routine, then sign up for the “No Equipment, No Excuses” Home Workout course. This course offers four levels of exercise you can do in your own home to improve your fitness, health and wellbeing. Part 1 of the course will teach you warm-up exercises and bio-energizers, part 2 offers legs and cardio type exercises, part 3 focuses on the upper body and cardio workouts and part 4 offers full body cardio workouts. Getting intense physical activity in during this time will not only get you healthier, it will prepare you for the periods of fatigue you experience with the second and third phases.
The Ovulation Phase
The ovulation phase is characterized by the release of the egg. During this phase the body begins to suppress the release of certain hormones and the motivation and high energy state characterized in the previous phase begins to wane. This phase is characterized by caring, sensitive, nurturing type emotions and moods although energy levels may still be quite high. For most women, our focus becomes our social circle or the community, so this is an awesome time to reach out in terms of exercise. Playing with the kids, baking and having friends over are great ways to support the natural emotional tendencies during this phase.
Since energy is starting to wane, foods which promote or support energy levels will empower you through this phase. Ginger and cinnamon are natural energizers and they are also perfect ingredients for baking. Ginger tea can be a great way to start the day with tons of energy, and ginger helps to normalize blood sugar levels throughout the day. In terms of exercise, mild exercise is best at this time. Talking the dogs for a walk,or walking in general, would most likely suit your energy levels during this stage.
The Luteal Phase
This phase is the final phase of the cycle, commonly referred to as the visit by “Aunt Flo”. This is the phase where menstruation takes place and woman bleed. During this phase, hormones are at their lowest levels and the increase in estrogen, and the decrease in progesterone, causes energy levels and moods to be at their lowest levels. Excess prostaglandins may also cause cramping and pain, adding to the feelings of depression or anxiety. The lack of hormones may also cause women to feel more introspective at this time or you may even feel anti-social.
Due to the lack of physical energy and stamina, exercise during this phase can feel like a real chore or challenge. Exercise routines that are gentler in nature and focused on introversion or the self, may be very supportive during this phase. Yoga and meditation can be great ways to allow yourself the “me” time that you need whilst still getting the exercise you need to stay healthy.
The Yin Yoga course may be the just the kind of exercise routine your need during this phase. This course will introduce you to the practice of yin yoga that will energize you and help to reduce stress. These age-defying stretching routines and exercises can help to improve mood, help you feel more grounded and promote peaceful feelings from within. The routines can be used to help you feel inspired and energized for the new day or they can be used to prepare you for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Learn To Harness Your Power in Each Phase
Our cycles can be viewed as an inconvenience but you can also see them as distinct phases that empower different aspects of you. Learning to work with the advantages of each phase will help you create a healthy balanced life in general.
Learn to tune into your menstrual cycle by signing up for the Cycle Track: Tune in to Your Menstrual Cycle course now. This course will teach you how to track your cycle and how to use that to tune into your cycle. It teaches you about the different phases of your cycle so you can understand your body and use this knowledge to take control of your health and well being.