Hormonal Update Volume 3 Number 4
Bodies in Motion, Hormones in Action
During physical activity the body’s nutrient need increases, consequently its chemistry changes. Our endocrine system and hormones are key players in managing the body’s chemistry.
When we are young and our hormones are at optimum levels, we are generally healthy, energetic, and strong. As we enter our forties and valuable hormones decline, many of us become more vulnerable to the chronic degenerative diseases associated with aging. Well-balanced, youthful hormone levels can help preserve vitality and good health. Even though exercise can be tedious and hard to do, every time we do it we alter our hormone levels, at least temporarily. During physical activity some hormone levels increase, others decrease. Certain forms of exercise elevate hormone levels more than others, and these effects can be different in men and women. Understanding what is going on in your body hormonally when you exercise can be important to your long term health and well being. In this Hormonal Update we take a look at the relationship between exercise and your hormones.