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

weights4If 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, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.

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