Our hormones affect how we age and our overall health. When they are out of balance, they can cause premature ageing and disease. Hormone imbalance can also affect our energy and stress levels, cause depression, high blood pressure, cravings for bad food and have a detrimental effect on our skin and libido.
So, logic tells us that the key is to take control of our hormones to avoid imbalance. We just have to make smart choices to prevent them from getting out of balance in the first place.
One of the most important elements to maintaining hormone balance is exercise.
Exercise is non-negotiable as we age. That means to age well with energy and vitality, you just have to do it. No excuses, ever!
Exercise can add an average of seven years to your life expectancy, improves your health, your hormonal profile, reduces stress and even makes you younger, right down to your cellular level. It makes you look and feel sexier, gives you thicker, brighter skin and stronger bones. It can even make you smarter. Study after study show that exercising is the most important way to keep your brain sharp and young and your memory working better as you get older.
Are you convinced yet?
Firstly, you have to make a commitment to move more. You don’t just need to exercise; you need to be more active in your daily life. Try to take a walk and stretch at least every 40 minutes if you are desk-bound. Stand tall too, as good posture makes you stronger, slimmer and also improves your hormonal balance. Mix up your exercise.
Try to incorporate cardio-vascular exercise. This can be brisk walking or jogging, swimming, dancing, tennis or even sex. Add weight-training as it’s great for keeping strong bones, toning and strength. Take a look at HIT, High Intensity Training, which only takes up 15 minutes of your time. Throw in some kind of stress-relieving, posture-based exercise such as yoga or Pilates as well as stretching. Try using a foam roller – there is a lot about this amazing technique on-line.
Go on you can do it!
It’s not as daunting as it sounds, you just have to make a start and incorporate it into your daily life until it becomes habit. Grab a friend and team up -just keep moving!
Here’s a few ideas to get you going:
Find some fun classes on-line or at your local gym. Group exercise is often more fun and stimulating.
Make time for lots of everyday movement – get up from your chair or desk every hour and stretch and/or walk around. Dance if you can.
High Intensive Interval Training HIT (15 minutes for three times per week), or between 2.5 and 7.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise for heart and lung health. That can be running, fast walking, dancing or playing a sport.
Weight-lifting at least once a week, even using your own body weight will do.
Take up yoga, tai chi, ballet, foam-rollering or Pilates for balance and to reduce stress levels. Loads of on-line information and local classes.
Work out outdoors when you can, ideally in the morning, to set your sleep/wake cycle and improve your mood.
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. This advice is based on personal experience and research in consultation with Dr. Daniel Sister who is a medical professional. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical care. Each person is different and their own medical history has to be taken into account before making any major changes to their lifestyle, beauty treatments, and diet. So always, do your research and speak to a certified medical doctor before embarking on any new regime.’