The Issue At-Hand
Are you tired of being controlled by your hormones? Your menstrual cycle is considered to begin on the first day of your period. The average cycle is 28 days long; however, a cycle can range in length from 21 days to about 35 days. The steps in the menstrual cycle are triggered by the rise and fall of chemicals in the body called hormones. Along this cycle, your body goes through multiple moods, libido, and energy fluctuations.
But what if we told you that there is a way to take control of these fluctuations. Let us introduce to you the practice of Cycle Syncing. Author, Carolyn Kay, M.D., says it best, “You wouldn’t leave the house without checking the weather. So why live blindly without monitoring the flow of our hormones?”
Meet Cycle Syncing
“Cycle syncing” is a term coined and trademarked by Alisa Vitti, Functional Nutritionist, HHC, AADP. Vitti founded the FloLiving Hormone Center and first described the concept in her book, WomanCode. Basically, Cycle Syncing is a concept in which women can fine-tune their bodies by nourishing themselves with specific foods, exercises, and bedroom fun during each phase of their cycle. This ultimately normalizes mood, libido, and energy fluctuations amidst the internal works of your hormones.
Our Cycle’s Phases
The average cycle is 28 days long and can range in length from 21 days to about 35 days. As our hormones ebb and flow over the span of 4 weeks, our menstrual cycle biologically has three distinct eras:
- Menstrual (part of follicular phase) 1-5 days
- Follicular (pre-egg release) 6-14 days
- Ovulatory (the process of release of the egg) 15-17 days
- Luteal (post-egg release) 18- 28 days
Cycle Syncing Fitness
Many women have favorite exercises and/or an exercise routine. It may be challenging to mix up your fitness routine and it may seem like a sacrifice of your body goals to achieve synchronization with your body. Stop stressing! That’s no good for your hormones either. The reality is that when your body is off-sync, you truly cannot mentally or physically achieve your fitness goals. Check out the chart below for some general guidelines to use fitness to get synced up even better to reach your body goals with ease!