How many of you are not a fan of exercise or have trouble getting started? Or do you start an exercise regimen only to stop after a few weeks? I know it can be difficult to maintain, but it is important to make yourself exercise because it dramatically enhances your hormone balance and positively affects your energy, endurance and stamina. It’s difficult to imagine the benefits, but once you get started and stick with a program, you’ll start to experience them and then you’ll be a believer, too.
Exercise plays a key role in reversing insulin resistance, increasing activity of glucagon, a fat-burning hormone, increasing testosterone and DHEA and increasing natural HGH. It is also connected to improving cortisol balance. When people are not exercising, it is easy for these important hormones to be out of balance and create a scenario to gain weight.
In addition to hormone balance, exercise increases the amount of endorphins, natural morphine-like biochemicals that help you handle stress and improve your mood. It also raises the brain’s level of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes you happy.
If I still haven’t convinced you to get moving, here are even more benefits:
- Keeps your blood sugar stable
- Controls your weight
- Controls your appetite
- Keeps your bones strong
- Prevents cancer
- Improves joint function
- Reduces the risk of stroke
- Prevents urinary incontinence
I recommend a mix of interval training, strength training and yoga for the best hormone balancing results. Check out chapter 17 of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hormone Weight Loss for more information on these exercises and for step-by-step instructions for functional movement exercises.
So start exercising today. For your health and happiness!