Many women have experienced disruption to their workouts due to their period arriving, or the week before it arrives. Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when a period affects you worst, or what it is that throws your training off most during your menstrual cycle.
Thankfully, the British Olympic champion Jessica-Ennis Hill is carving a way to improve the experience of working out and managing your menstrual cycle. While some of the best fitness trackers such as the Fitbit Sense have added a Menstrual Health Tracking feature to their apps, Ennis-Hill has taken it a step further.
Yesterday the seasoned female athlete tweeted that she will be releasing an app, called Jennis CycleMapping (opens in new tab), specifically designed to help women train in line with their menstrual cycle. The athlete proudly announced that the new app has been designed 'for women, by women'.
99% of fitness plans are made for men. That's why I'm incredibly proud to be building the 1% that's for women.Introducing CycleMapping - training in line with your menstrual cycle. For women, by women.October 4, 2021
Lots of women took to Twitter replies to share their excitement over the app. One user said, “Yes this is great news. Running at that time of month is so demanding and exhausting. Women need to talk more about how it affects their runs.” And another left a tweet saying, “What an excellent idea.”
Despite retirement from the track in 2016, Ennis-Hill is using her experience and platform to help other women get the most out of their training and workouts.
The app has been developed to help women who are either on their natural period or using the Mirena coil. It will offer individual women a "bespoke monthly plan" tailored to their cycle, which will help them to reach their fitness goals and feel their best while doing so.
Yes this is great news running at that time of month is so demanding and exhausting. Women need to talk more about how it affects their runs.October 4, 2021
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Speaking to London News Today (opens in new tab), Ennis-Hill said, “Jennis CycleMapping maps appropriate fitness sessions to the four phases of the menstrual cycle, enabling women to achieve greater training gains, increased energy, lower PMT, and optimized hormonal health.”
The app is said to have world-class coaching sessions where users can gain daily expert advice while menstruating. It will cover feeling better, eating wisely, getting stronger and sleeping better.
Jessica is an experienced fitness writer with a passion for running. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition.
When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.
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