Hands up who wears a fitness tracker to count steps? Record exercise? Count calories? Watch your heart rate?
It seems like most of us are tracking something.
I’m doing some research just now on how female runners view their period and I am surprised that so few women are tracking their cycle – something which could be a great start in understanding their body so much more effectively. From the data I have collected (so far) it is less than 40%.
Many of the responses state the reason is “because it’s never accurate”.
But the thing is – if you aren’t actively tracking, then how do you know what’s accurate for you?
By the way, that idea of a 28 day cycle you learnt about in Biology doesn’t hold up – your cycle may be 21 – 40 days, but still be normal for YOU!
We aren’t looking so much for predictions from the start– although that’d be great – What is more useful is accurate tracking so we can look for patterns. Not only in the cycle but also in mood, and performance.
Although menstruation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking at female physiology and the difference between how men and women respond, adapt and recover from training, being aware of and understanding your own menstrual cycle pattern is the best starting point in understanding your body so much more effectively. Especially if you are looking to train to get fitter, faster and improve performance.
Think of it like having GPS – If you don’t know where you are it’s tricky to work out the best way to go!
If you’d like to add your voice to my survey please do here and I will keep you up to date!