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Exercising throughout your cycle

A balanced workout routine is one of the best things you can do to fight period pain and keep your cycle healthy.

Syncing your routine can help you adapt to changing energy levels, manage pain and feel your best throughout your cycle.

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to reap the benefits either, adding a bit of activity to your schedule can dramatically reduce PMS symptoms and improve your overall well-being.

Ready to get started with your new fitness routine? You can start tracking your cycle today and use this article as a helpful guide to fitness in every phase!

Days 1-6: Menstruation

During your period, your energy levels drop due low hormone production at this time. However, a light workout can help reduce cramps and give you some mood-boosting endorphins, making this the perfect time for restorative workouts.

How to stay active: If you have the energy for it, working up a good sweat in the gym can be a great way to reduce pain, improve your mood and help you feel like yourself. However, a gentle yoga class or a long walk in nature are great ways to reduce period pain and sleep better at night when your energy levels are low.

Days 7-13: The Follicular Phase

Rising hormones during this phase can lead to an uptick in energy levels and confidence. Your libido may also naturally increase and you may find yourself feeling more extroverted than usual.

How to stay active: This is a great time to try something new! Maybe you’ve been meaning to try zumba or sign up for a crossfit class, join a friendly basketball team or even start a new exercise routine at home.

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Day 14: Ovulation

During ovulation your reproductive hormones peak, which means you might be feeling energetic, confident and ready to tackle an intense workout - it's a great time to get active.

How to stay active: From including high intensity interval training workouts, cardio, long hikes and weight lifting, ride the high and make use of all the energy you have!

Day 14-28: The Luteal Phase

During the second half of your luteal phase, you may begin to experience PMS symptoms and your energy levels may begin to drop.

How to stay active: Try low-impact workouts like strength training, yoga or pilates to reduce pain without depleting your energy levels too much.

Read next: Discover how adjusting your diet to your menstrual phases can help you you feel your best during every phase.