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Women Need Better Guidance on Exercise & the Menstrual Cycle, Study Shows

Women Need Better Guidance on Exercise & the Menstrual Cycle, Study Shows

Adobe Stock Key Takeaways There’s little to no evidence to support “cycle syncing” or other diet and exercise advice revolving around a woman’s period, a…

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There’s little to no evidence to support “cycle syncing” or other diet and exercise advice revolving around a woman’s period, a new review says

For example, there’s no evidence that a woman’s response to diet and exercise changes during different phases of her menstrual cycle

Women should base their diet and exercise plan on their own individual cycle, rather than seeking standard advice

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) — “Cycle syncing” – the notion that women should adapt their diet and exercise patterns to their menstrual cycle – has become a trendy topic online.

Some experts argue that it can reduce a woman’s symptoms prior to and during her period.

But a new review has found little to no evidence supporting cycle syncing, or any other chic advice on eating, exercising or taking supplements during menstruation."Many women are following advice and planning exercises and practices based on some ostensible benefit of menstrual cycle phase-based exercise. We saw no evidence that such practice is science-based," said senior researcher Stuart Phillips , a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.In fact, researchers found sparse evidence exists on women and exercise at all, much less on the effect of their periods on their sports performance or physical fitness.There’s no such thing as a “standard” menstrual cycle that lasts 28 days, with ovulation consistently occurring on day 14, researchers say. Hormone levels fluctuate dramatically and unpredictably."Hormone levels can vary substantially. Not just […]

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