After you’ve finished bleeding, the follicular phase begins. Estrogen and Follicle Stimulating Hormone rise and invite a fresh, enlivened, focus energy into the body.
More energy is naturally available for you during this phase, so flow with it.
- Vinyasa yoga
- HIIT workouts
It’s important during this phase to get your heart pumping so the blood can flow freely, clear stagnation and help to detox the body. But (I know, there’s always a but), it’s important to not overexert yourself.
I recommend doing high-intensity workouts maximum every other day during this phase to ensure you’re not overstressing the body. In between high-intensity days, use more restorative exercises like a long walk, a bike ride, or a breath centered practice like Qi Gong or Tai Chi.
And as always… Listen to your body!
- Am I more tired than before?
- Do I feel completely wiped out?
- Do I wish I hadn’t gone quite as hard?
If you’re answering yes, it’s likely you’re putting your body through more stress than is needed.
Although the endorphins of exercise may feel good immediately after, if we push ourselves too hard it can tax our adrenal glands and release stress hormones into the body – the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve with exercise!
A tell-tale sign that you’ve overexerted yourself in a workout is waking up the next morning and feeling fatigued, achey (beyond the normal soreness), or mentally unclear.
If we can take the time to listen and conserve our energies in this phase of our cycle we might be surprised at how much better we could feel at the end of our cycle…