Your menstrual cycle affects all body systems and organs some more than others. Here are some of the changes you may experience during the course of your cycle, says Eileen Hoffman, M.D., author of Our Health, Our Lives (Pocket Books).
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Heart rate and blood pressure are higher Salt and water retention increase Tolerance for alcohol decreases Breast tenderness increases Sleep patterns may be disrupted Asthma symptoms are strongest Susceptibility to viruses is greater.
Migraines, herpes and skin eczema occur more frequently During menstruation
IB Urinary output increases Saliva flow increases Alcohol tolerance is greater Allergies are strongest The week after menstruation All five senses are intensified I! Sleep is more restorative.
Body temperature drops below normal (98.6 degrees F) one half to one degree During or near ovulation Cervical mucus changes 111 Vaginal discharge becomes more runny and copious After ovulation.
Body temperature rises back up to 98.6 degrees F m Craving for sweets may increase
Food intake and energy expenditure rise
BY STEPHANIE YOUNG
Turn your game into a fat-burning workout by upping your heart rate.
Eight ways to make tennis more…
TYPICAL GAME OF TENNIS-SHORT BURSTS OF SPEED FOLLOWED BY EXTENDED RESTS-DOESN’T GET YOUR HEART RATE UP. TO RAISE YOUR PULSE AND GAIN SOME AEROBIC BENEFITS, SUSAN WHITESIDE, TENNIS COACH AT PENN STATE IN UNIVERSITY PARK, SUGGESTS CHANGING YOUR GAME IN ANY OR ALL OF THESE WAYS:
• When you’re warming up, hit a ball even if it bounces twice to get into the rhythm of continuous play right from the start.
•Jog when picking up balls between points.
• Keep moving in place as you wait for the ball.
• Don’t stand and watch your shot land-run back to the ready position at the baseline.
• Play the serve even if it’s slightly out.
• Play with extra balls. Instead of three, have six balls on hand. The more balls, the less often you have to stop to collect them and the more continuous the activity.
• Instead of a lazy rally, have the server hit every shot to the receiver’s forehand. The receiver gets to hit anywhere on the court to make the server cover the whole court.
Then switch roles.
• Don’t stop the game ifnball goes out. Make an effort to keep the ball in play even if it goes just outside the baseline. Hustle to get every ball you can-it’sljreat for your on-court ball control as well as your footwork.