Take advantage of the days in your cycle when muscle power peaks

/Take advantage of the days in your cycle when muscle power peaks

Take advantage of the days in your cycle when muscle power peaks

If you need to do a task that requires as much physical strength, endurance and steadiness as you can muster–such as moving heavy furniture or building a shed–and you can plan it around your cycle, you may want to schedule it during your Week 1 (menstrual week), Week 2 (the week leading up to and including ovulation) or Week 4 (your premenstrual week).

But, you may want to skip your Week 3 (the week right after ovulation).

According to a new small study, on these days, steadiness declines and your muscle power weakens 23% compared to its peak at ovulation. Researchers chalk it up to high progesterone, which blunts your physical force.

Can’t avoid doing a strenuous task during your Week 3? Then, try to schedule it for the afternoon. A small 2002 study shows you have 8% more power in the later part of the day than the early morning during your Week 3 due to a slightly higher body temperature.

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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