Hormones. Menstrual cycle. PMS. Cramps. Breast pain. Mood swings. And on. And on.
That’s the area I'm studying in depth at the moment. And I'm finding it, not only enlightening for myself but from a health and fitness perspective, absolutely invaluable for my clients.
The problem? Sharing this information here on this page.
You see, for the past 2 years this page has been about muscles and bones, joints, ligaments and a whole load of nervous system.
It has not been gender specific. And I have avoided posting anything about women's hormones.
Honestly? I assumed that my readers did not want to read about this (or even cared). I also didn't want to 'offend' any male readers.
And although I am still getting women messaging me about how they can sync their training and nutrition with their cycle in order to improve, not only any symptoms that they experience, but ultimately their life, I have STILL held off posting.
Then today I had a chat with a friend of mine about my concerns, who enlightened me about what I needed to be doing (even if she didn't know it). I realise that all this information has changed my life. So how dare I let my perceptions hold me back from sharing what I have learned with other women? So what if I offend some people? If I can help one woman improve her life (but lose a few readers in the process) then so be it.
And guys (especially those that are coaches and PTs) even though you might not know it, YOU need to know this information too. If you have a woman in your life, if you train women, if you are a husband, father, brother, you NEED to know this too. Trust me when I say this.
After all, hormones affect EVERYTHING!
And that's just for starters.
Ladies, we live in an age where we have the chance to do it all. Careers, love, travel, families, social lives, fitness, hobbies. But we are not giving our bodies the support they need to sustain these demands. We ignore that we are different from men. We pretend that our cycle does not affect us but it does. And when it comes to our health, our fitness, our bodies, our hormones play one of the biggest roles in leading a sustainable and active life.
We need to learn how our endocrine system functions and how to work WITH our hormones not fight them.
What I have come to realise is that this is not a separate entity from Biomechanics. This is part of it. We CANNOT separate the body.
How many times have I said that everything is connected? And it is. We cannot separate the muscular system from the endocrine system. Or the nervous system. Or the immune system. Or the brain. Or the gut. EVERYTHING is connected. EVERYTHING.
And so I have decided to post information on 'Her Health' in the future. Because to me, that's what being a Body Mechanic is about.
I do hope you'll join me!