Workout Tips for Women to Outsmart Their Hormones
Posted in Nourishment for the Body » Move It on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

 

Workout Tips for Women to Outsmart Their Hormones

From women’s health specialist Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, author of

“It’s My Ovaries Stupid!”

Heed her outsmart-your-hormones tips so as not to skip a beat!

 

 

*1 (first day of period) to 12 days:  Do speedier cardio exercise.  It may seem contrary during “that time of the month,” but fast, intense workouts like spinning will feel easier thanks to high estrogen levels.  The resulting boost in oxygen and blood flow directed to your muscles means you can go harder and get more burn for your buck.

 

*13 to 15 days:  Do buddy workouts.  Just after ovulation (around day 14) estrogen plummets and muscles get less oxygen, causing your mind and motivation to slow down.  Enlist a friend to run with you so you can’t back out, Vliet says.  And watch your step: a recent Canadian study found that many women are at a slightly higher risk for knee-ligament injuries during this time.

 

*16 to 28 days:  Do long, steady sessions.  Estrogen levels typically creep back up during the second half of your cycle, but progesterone – which triggers the body to store fat and retain water incase of pregnancy - is dominant.  To recoup some of that lost calorie burn and beat the bloat, go longer at cruising pace.

 

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