How Exercise Helps

To Balance Hormones

You Can’t Out-Exercise a Bad Diet (or Bad Lifestyle Factors)

Exercise can provide some health benefits and maybe even a buffer against unhealthy dietary and lifestyle factors, but regular workouts aren’t a get-out-of-jail card to eat whatever you want.

In the bigger picture, eating a bad diet will catch up with you. The “abs are built in the kitchen, not the gym” cliche carries some truth. Whole, unprocessed foods provide the best way to get nutrients, and you’ll also want to consider supplementation.

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Benefits of more exercise

Strength & stamina

The right amount and kind of exercise can positively impact nearly every hormone, including potentially balancing insulin levels.

Exercise can also boost growth hormone, your “fountain of youth” hormone that keeps you lean and energetic. While many studies have looked at the benefits of higher-intensity exercise for hormone balance, what matters ultimately is what you actually do.

No Need To Overdo It

Altogether, you’re looking at about four hours total of exercise weekly, yet many people complain they don’t have enough time. Others find gyms or fitness classes intimidating.

Banish those excuses! You don’t have to visit a gym to for a quick, efficient workout, and you needn’t spend an hour or longer slaving away to get the numerous benefits of exercise.

Make it fun

Tennis, fitness classes, and hiking are among the many choices to get moving, up the intensity a little bit, and make workouts fun.

Finding fun fitness could be a breeze. Maybe you start doing yoga and bam, you’ve found your workout. But finding an exercise that helps you get all of the benefits but feels fun might require some sampling.

 

Exercise Helps You Get Great Sleep.

Your circadian system impacts many hormones including cortisol and ghrelin. Sleep disturbances can contribute to numerous problems including hormonal imbalances. Getting optimal sleep levels can be a challenge in today’s plugged-in society. Sleep hygiene can help — turn off electronics an hour or two before bed, unwind with an Epsom salt bath, and consider a supplement that naturally helps you fall and stay asleep.

Exercise Helps Balance Stress Levels.

Chronic stress is all-around bad news for hormonal balance, creating or exacerbating hormonal imbalances. Research shows a six-month meditation practice could improve insulin levels while improving stress levels, but what matters is what helps you de-stress. That could be yoga, deep breathing, or taking your dog for a walk.

Stress can wreak havoc on your hormones. Two major hormones affected by stress are cortisol and adrenaline, which is also called epinephrine. Cortisol is known as “the stress hormone” because it helps your body cope with stress over the long term.

Adrenaline is the “fight-or-flight” hormone that provides your body with a surge of energy to respond to immediate danger. However, unlike hundreds of years ago when these hormones were mainly triggered by threats from predators, today they’re usually triggered by people’s busy, often overwhelming lifestyles