The standard treatment for hormone imbalances often do not look at lifestyle: conventional medicine prescribes medications and holistic medicine provides a long (and expensive) list of supplements. While both approaches have their benefits, they often ignore the fact that our body has the power to restore itself when given the right tools. Lifestyle is often the root cause of many hormone-related issues, whether it’s not getting enough sleep or chronic stress and burnout. Luckily though, there are other ways you can use in your lifestyle to improve your hormones and one of them includes exercise. Physical activity isn’t only good for your weight. It’s also good for total body wellness – hormones included.
Hormones are chemical messengers that work to keep our body in balance. Hormones are responsible for many functions, including reproduction, blood sugar regulation, digestion, mood, metabolism, and sleep (amongst many others). Too little or too much of them can cause many problems. Infertility, depression, anxiety, poor digestion, insomnia, weight changes, weak bones, low libido, and blood sugar imbalances are all key symptoms that something has gone wrong with your hormones.
Dysbiosis or poor gut health
Exercise can improve hormone imbalances. While some cases are trickier than others, most situations can get better with a regular exercise routine.
Several studies have shown the positive effects of exercise on type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance), whether it’s cardio or resistance training.
Finally, we have testosterone. This hormone is normally associated with men, but women need it too. Regular exercise increases testosterone, which helps with putting on muscle, strengthening bones, staying energised and burning fat. In women the research tends to favour a mix of HIIT-style workouts paired with resistance exercise. (Lucky for you, my workout schedules have that covered!) But don’t worry, ladies! Unless you’re taking steroids, no amount of exercise or resistance training is going to turn you into the Hulk. Not only do we not make enough for this to happen, but too much exercise can also actually lower testosterone. Exercise (specifically resistance training) only causes a temporary spike in testosterone.
HGH can support oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone by improving weight and ratios of fat to muscle in the body. Studies show a correlation between obesity and hormone imbalances; with HGH, you can make a good deal of improvements by increasing lean muscle and lowering fat.
The takeaway here is that similar to the story of Goldilocks, the right amount of exercise (not too little and not too much) can effectively balance and improve hormones in the body.