Women and men are different. (Clearly)
Our minds work differently, we process things differently, we have different needs in regards to calories and energy and even sleep. On top of that we work on different hormonal balances. Men have more testosterone than we do, they do not carry babies like we do. We have different genetic makeups.
PSA ( I am not a doctor but you can do some research yourself to verify what I am getting into today if you have doubts. )
When it comes to hormones, ladies we work off a cycle that goes about 28(ish) days in length. Our hormones rise and fall to help prepare our body for a baby (during reproductive years).
On the flip side, men have a hormonal cycle that goes about 24 hours. Their hormones rise and fall all in relation to this and they recharge at night during sleep.
Three key things:
Women we do not function at the same capacity we are not supposed to during this time because of hormonal fluctuations (even when they are balanced).
Men can function basically the same way day to day.
We can BOTH get imbalanced through stress and other factors in daily life -for today we are focusing on us ladies though.
If I were to ask you about your day to day, which would you say your lifestyle resembles?
Most likely you would say the 24 hour clock. We tend to wake up and get stuff done and go go go until night time when we crash.
Is that a wrong way to live? Sometimes. Why sometimes? Because sometimes our hormones can support that.
During our first half of our cycle we are good to go, during the second half we need to take more time to let our body rest and reset. Not do all the intense workouts, or work late hours or stress ourselves out because our sex hormones which play into stress hormones are at their lowest.
However – Men can live this way as they recharge every night in a sense. When we are in our reproductive years our recharge and reset time is actually at the end of the month (aka our period). (and ps. This should be a red flag if you do not have one due to meds or any other reason- I am someone who knows first hand about this too).
When we live in a way that does not support this then we are asking for imbalance over time. Our stress hormones will rise, our metabolism will get thrown off and we will suffer other consequences that could range from sleep deprivation to infertility.
We have to take steps to support our body and hormones in order to get the most out of our day to day. We are NOT the same day to day and we need to honor that. ( I mean somedays I am excited like the picture to the right… others I am the COMPLETE opposite )
Small changes can make a BIG difference.
The best place to start is by simply figuring out where you are in your cycle. Meaning when did you have your period last, and if you do not track it then start by paying attention to it next time. Then today start paying attention to how you feel. Chances are if you are feeling good, having lots of energy and focus you may be in the first half. Once you figure out where you are you can start applying things to support your cycle based on that.
- Things such as adding in certain foods at certain phases.
- Adding in rest at more pivotal times.
- Doing certain workouts at certain times.
- Adding in certain supplements.
If you are someone who has struggled with weight loss, with hormonal imbalance of any kind, of fatigue, of stress, of anxiety, of depression…. The list goes on. I urge you to start paying attention to where you are day to day., Journal how you feel, track the highs and lows, the cravings, etc. These are ALL insights to our wonderful bodies.
Ladies we have to love ourselves first, this goes hand in hand with that. Taking care of what we are given to get into “sync” and thrive at life.
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