Get Hormone Fit
One of the most under highlighted aspect to women’s health and fitness is their hormones. When I say hormones I don’t mean that ferocious and raging rampage that happens for a week, I mean all the time. During that time of month, hormones kind of take on a life of their own, but it does still affect how women keep up in health and fitness. Many times it is difficult for women do keep on any routine during that time of month. It’s also important that women understand that hormones can affect their health and fitness all of the time, even when they’ve been tamped down.
For younger women, birth control can make or break the hormonal balance. For any women who just started birth control or just changed brands/methods, there is a time period where your body has to adjust to the change in hormones. Sometimes birth control is prescribed to help symptoms and other times it’s to actually prevent pregnancy. Either way, the first month can be a while ride which can result in being completely overstressed, depressed, or snappish. Once it evens out, you should be able to resume to your regularly scheduled life and workout routine.
For middle aged women, there is birth control, hysterectomies, and even early menopause. This can make it especially difficult to know which direction to go in. Changes may be gradual or sudden, and what you’ve been doing is no longer helping. Many times it can take a few trips to different doctors to finally get back on the right track.
Hormonal imbalances can cause:
- Depression and mood swings
- Drastic changes in appetite and food cravings
- Weight loss/gain
- Breast health (lumps, cysts, tenderness…)
- Sleep disturbances
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of interest/libido
- Chronic acne
- Memory fog/difficulty remembering
- Digestive issues
With that enormous list of symptoms, no wonder women’s health and fitness suffers. The important thing is to get the hormones regulated. Once they are regulated, it is important to keep them regulated. Birth control requires that it is taken at the same time every day because of the fluctuations it can cause in your body’s hormones. It’s important to follow directions that your doctor gives you about those medications and/or supplements to treat imbalances and their symptoms. Use an app like MedsMinder to give you reminders every day to take those medications. Missing a dose by hours could be enough to trigger some of those symptoms listed above.
Fitness is important too! Many times regular exercise can help the body to regulate hormones like cortisol (the stress hormone) and dopamine (the happy hormone). Exercise is great for your body too. Being overweight or underweight can have negative effects on your hormonal balance. Hormone imbalances can prevent women from exercising, but exercising can prevent some hormonal balances. It is a vicious cycle, but both exercise and hormonal balance are vital to women’s health and fitness.