Many see exercise as strictly a way of burning calories so they can lose weight. But many of the benefits of exercise come from how it affects hormones. These effects on hormones can contribute to weight loss and many other health benefits.
On the flip side doing the wrong amount or the wrong type of exercise can have negative effects on your hormones. When your hormones are out of balance, then it makes it much harder to lose the weight and keep it off.
What exactly are hormones?
Hormones are chemicals created in the body by various glands and organs. These glands and organs make up the endocrine system. The hormones are chemical messengers in the body that help to various body functions balanced.
The importance of balance
All hormones are necessary for the proper functioning of your body, but if levels are too high or too low then your body is out of balance. Two important hormones, leptin and insulin are discussed below, but if you want to know one of the root causes of obesity, it's very much related to the balance and interplay of these two hormones.
Which hormones are affected by exercise?
The effects of exercise on hormones are both short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic).