Help balance your hormones using exercise

-Oct 15, Hannah Hargrave , Fitness -

Exercise is imperative for good health and it can even help balance your hormones too.

Hormones help regulate everything from mood to sleep, metabolism, weight and even your sex drive. So when they’re out of whack it’s understandable that your life can be hugely impacted. While the first port of call for many women should be a visit to a medical professional, the simple act of adding exercise to your health regime can reduce many of the issues associated with hormone imbalances too.

Sleep problems

If you’re suffering from imbalanced hormones then you may well have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep too.
Exercise can really make a difference when it comes to getting some quality sleep. While it’s not recommended to workout too close to bedtime – it’s best to have it wrapped up at least two hours before you go to bed – an afternoon or evening exercise routine can lead to better sleep.
This is because exercise helps reset the sleep wake cycle. Your body temperature will rise, but then drop a few hours later and trigger sleepiness.

Related: How to feel energised when you’re exhausted

Improved mood

Mood swings are very common with hormone imbalances, but you don’t just have to sit back and accept it. Exercising releases the feel good endorphins so by regularly working out you can give your mood a much needed boost. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about yourself once you’ve made time for some physical activity.
Workout with a friend and you get the added bonus of lifting your spirits by socialising too.

Weight loss

Estrogen and progesterone are the hormones produced by the ovaries and they regulate where on your body your fat will sit. For women suffering from hormone imbalances the extra fat often congregates around their midsection which is incredibly unhealthy. Excess abdominal fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes as well.
While exercise won’t change where the fat is placed, burning more calories will reduce the fat. You can whittle down your waist circumference with regular exercise combined with a healthy diet too.

Related: Why waist size really matters more than your weight

Improved bone density

Menopausal and post menopausal women are most at risk of osteoporosis as the body struggles to rebuild the bone tissue which is being broken down. Consistent exercise has been shown to improve bone density.
This is also why strength training is so important as you age. Add in a couple of days of resistance training to your regime and help improve overall bone health and keep your body strong.

If you’re feeling like you don’t have time to workout here’s how you can squeeze more exercise into your busy life and if you’ve lost the love for your workouts this is how you can get back into the swing of things.

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