MENSTRUAL CYCLE PHASES DO NOT MODIFY AEROBIC RESPONSES
Chung, S., Goldfarb, A. H., Jamurtas, A. Z., Hedge, S. S., & Lee, J. (1999). (1999). Effect of exercise during the follicular and luteal phases on indices of oxidative stress in healthy women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31, 409-413.
Healthy women (N = 11) exercised for 30-min at 75-80% VO2max during the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle.
Resting estradiol was higher in the follicular than luteal phase. The exercise bout produced expected changes in blood parameters but none were modified by the menstrual phase.
Implication. Aerobic exercise responses are not modified by the various phases of the menstrual cycle.
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