COVID-19 has efficiently thrown a wrench in any plans we had for the past year. Travel plans quickly became nonexistent, grocery shopping became a grueling excursion, and life, as we know it, came to a complete standstill. Amid this pause, we’ve all gotten lax with staying active, especially with the temporary closing of gyms. Now, our bodies are paying the price. However, there’s still time to get physically in shape and work to balance our hormones.
Exercise (BMI, Weight Loss, and Creating a New Lifestyle)
Although it is a true testament of one’s will when they begin their exercise journey, there are a few things that should be kept in mind for both safety and drive. So, before you decide to hop on an elliptical, consider these pieces of advice:
- Figure out your target goal by researching your Body Mass Index (BMI), which tells you what the appropriate size for an individual of your height and weight should be.
- Create a list of exercises that will guarantee weight loss (aerobic), e.g. running and swimming, and another for muscle gain (anaerobic, e.g. weightlifting. It is easy to confuse your loss with a gain if you’re doing both simultaneously.
- Commit yourself to a new lifestyle that includes sustaining a schedule of floor or outdoor exercises, while also keeping up a good dietary plan.
Although the greatest appeal to exercising is the physical results, the internal changes are even better.
There’s more to your hormones than just estrogen and testosterone. Although both can be affected by exercising, there are many others that can benefit the body from working out.
- Serotonin: When active, the body releases this hormone in response to the hard work you’re putting out. It not only helps to lull the body to sleep after a workout, but also boosts your mood, appetite, memory, digestion, and sex drive.
- Endorphin: Acting as a sedative for the body and brain, these hormones work to reduce the body’s pain reception. It can also work as a trigger for positive feelings.
- Insulin: If built up, it can lead to the storing of fat in your legs, tummy, and hips. Exercise helps to regulate the amount of insulin that is found within the body by burning the fat and slowing down the production of the hormone.
- Cortisol: This source of energy communicates with the body when it is stressed, in danger of low sugar levels, or exercising. It supports the body while it’s working out by breaking down the fats and proteins and making them into the fuel needed to work out
The relationship between exercising and hormones is mutually beneficial. One can’t work without the other. While your body adapts to stress and pain that is brought on by working out, your hormones are helping to motivate the body while easing any pain.