Sport and the Luteal Phase

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The luteal phase comes after the release of the oocyte - that is on the first day of the ovulation (approximately the 14th day). The female body is not primed for intense physical exercise in this phase, as less oxygen is available for the muscles involved in working out. Nevertheless, this time is great for fat burning exercises, as the body uses fat as its main fuel source. 

Strength workouts are not recommended during the luteal phase, as you will feel exhausted and less motivated; however cardio exercises are a good fit for this time. Try bike rides, trail runs, swimming etc. Watch your water consumption during the luteal phase, as your body might retain more water at this time. You might feel uncomfortable and have little motivation. Plan your sport activities according to your cycle and find the best exercise for you. 

 

Sources:

Guide To Planning Your Exercise Around Your Menstruation Cycle:engreenfieldfitness

Does the menstrual cycle affect sporting performance?:medicalnewstoday

Reviewed by Medical expert Lilit Nasibyan, MD

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