Do this one exercise today to balance your hormones
The one hormone we women want to be most aware of when choosing the kind of exercise to do, is cortisol. Your stress hormone. All hormones take a backseat to cortisol which means, even your sex hormones have to wait their turn for attention.
If your typical day is anything like my personal training client’s,
- Under slept,
- Never feeling quite ready for the day,
- Rushing from place to place without a moment to yourself,
- Not quite ticking down the to-do list,
- Eating unconsciously,
- Earning a couple of glasses of wine,
- Putting out fires at work and home…etc,
Then your cortisol is through the roof!
That list is stressful just reading it wouldn’t you say?
AND on top of all this there’s the hour of exercise we’re ‘supposed’ to do if we want to lose weight, mainly lose our cortisol belly. Exercise, especially the type you think you should be doing (at least an hour of hard stuff) is an added stressor.
You lose the ability to burn fat when you’re stressed because your nervous system freaks out and sends messages to your body to preserve energy (fat).
This is why walking is the most hormone friendly exercise, hands down! It is easy on your nervous system, your joints, and excellent for your health. In our modern world, most walking only happens when we are moving from one sitting place to another so our human body aches for more movement. It’s not about the calories, it’s about movement. It’s about moving the way our body was designed to move, which is often, and designed to be stressed, which is less.
Did you know walking has been found to trigger an anti-aging process and help repair old DNA? Yeah, it can add years to your life. I don’t know about you but I find walking 10 times easier to motivate myself to do than motivate myself to do an hour class of overly difficult, non-sensical exercises. Plus, you don’t need anything special other than the right clothing and a pair of shoes that won’t give you blisters.
How to get started:
- Set aside 20-25 minutes a day for your walk to start
- Dress comfortably and appropriate for your current weather elements (outdoors is best as you use your hip muscles properly but if using a treadmill is your only option, do that)
- Grab a friend or two to come with you to keep it fun and stay accountable
- Set goals for yourself with a pedometer tracker such as the Fitbit starting with 20-25 minutes then adding up to 10,000 steps per day or more
It’s good to note however, that walking is a natural, minimal-weight bearing exercise so walking alone will not provide significant weight loss and weight loss related health results. For significant weight loss and total body health results, you will need to add 2-3 days of weight lifting 2-3 days of some high intensity interval training, and most importantly, hormone friendly nutrition.
Start with your 20 minute walk today!
Strength & Love,