As we move through the phases of our cycle, our hormones change. As the hormones change over our monthly cycle, different types of exercise will suit us better. Our cortisol levels are higher during different phases of our cycle, and adding additional stress to the body can cause cortisol levels to rise even more. This results in higher stress on the body, which can lead to breakouts or worsen acne. I believe in being intuitive and doing what you feel is best but here are some suggestions given by @floliving.
1. Menstrual Phase
This phrase has low levels of circulating hormones so low intensity workouts match this. Walking, stretching, gentle yoga, or resting
2. Follicular Phase
Oestrogen begins to rise and creativity starts to flow. Higher energy workouts such as running, skipping, cycling, dancing, jumping, other cardio, and heavier strength training are suitable during this phase.
Hormones such as oestrogen, luteinising hormone (LH), and follicular stimulating hormones (FSH) are highest here. For workouts, think HIIT, sprinting and heavier strength training.
4. Luteal Phase
Oestrogen, LH, and FSH decrease as progesterone increases and peaks during this phase. Workouts begin to slow down closer to menstruation to be yoga, pilates, lighter strength training towards period, and walking.
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