It’s “that time of the month” for me. Yay?

NOTE: If you’re a man, reading this, you might be thinking “OH NO! NOT THAT! TALK ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THAT!” Don’t worry, fellas! It’s not really that type of post.

I noticed that last week — and especially yesterday — that my workouts were really hard for me. It’s been weeks (after my cold) since I’ve been back at 100%, so I was like, “what’s going on with my body?” I was doing lunges, with a barbell, yesterday and could barely do them properly. I kept teetering over and almost losing balance. That’s an odd occurrence for me. My 10 years of ballet pretty much has ensured that I don’t have issues with exercises that require balance.

Then I read an article in Shape Magazine, and it allllll makes sense now!

Low estrogen at the beginning of the menstrual cycle (when you’re actually bleeding) causes reduced muscle tone and impairs coordination, making you more susceptible to injury, especially in the knees, feet, and ankles.

I finished my workout yesterday, but it took a lot out of me because I had to focus all that much more on my form and balance. I also had to take some weight off to make sure I did everything properly. Reading “9 Ways Being a Woman Affects Your Workout” provided a lot of clarity for me!

Here’s some advice Rachel Cosgrove, author of The Female Body Breakthrough, has for when the going gets tough during your time of the month:

You may find that your workouts feel harder than usual and that you’re more tired, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t set a personal best this week. Just get in and get it done.

It’s never easy when you aren’t able to workout as efficiently as you’d like, but biology has a large say in how your body works. I don’t ignore it, but pushing through, during Aunt Flo’s visits, always makes me feel more accomplished. Even more so than when nothing’s wrong and I reach a goal or milestone. Mother Nature keeps testing me, and I keep fighting back!