In the week before your menstrual cycle you retain 5 pounds of water, feel tired, feel fat and you just want to sweat pants or something stretchy and give into your cravings.
Your body releases it’s own fat burner hormone during this week so it is an optimal time to exercise.
You need to be more focused and push through your workouts during this week. If you workout hard during this week you will notice a difference after your cycle is over.
On an average 28 day cycle
Day 1-12: aim for speedier cardio. fast and intense workouts
Day 13-15: your estrogen levels plummet and your muscles get less oxygen
Day 16-28: long steady cardio, estrogen begins to creep up but progesterone triggers the body to store fat. Go longer and at a steady pace
So basically really focus and make sure you get your workouts in even if the last thing you want to do is exercise.
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