Best workouts to regulate your hormones
Insulin sensitivity: resistance training - Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that essentially regulates sugar levels in your bloodstream.
Thyroid hormones: moderate-to-high intensity cardio - The thyroid produces several hormones that help regulate your metabolism.
Endorphins: acute cardiovascular exercise - Endorphins, also known as "feel-good" hormones, are produced in the brain and play a vital role in our mood and mental health in general.
Oxytocin: martial arts -
Oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone," is released mostly when there is physical touch, such as cuddling a loved one.
Dopamine: running -
Low dopamine levels have been associated with a number of conditions, including depression and Parkinson's disease, to name a few.
Serotonin: cardiovascular training - Serotonin plays a number of roles in numerous vital processes, including sleep and mood regulation, to name a few.
Melatonin: step aerobics -
Several studies have found that exercise can indeed increase the nighttime release of melatonin, providing the workout is done during the day.
Cortisol management: high-intensity training - Exercising is a form of stress, and as such, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol when we work out.
Vasopressin: high-intensity exercise - Many people associate vasopressin with its antidiuretic function, but this hormone also plays a key role in other bodily functions, including fluid balance.
Estrogen and progesterone: high-intensity aerobic exercise - Estrogen and progesterone are key hormones in female health.
Testosterone: sprinting -
It is well known that resistance training is an effective way to naturally raise testosterone levels, but so is sprinting.
Leptin (during pregnancy): all types of exercise - Leptin’s main function is to regulate appetite, and it does so by reducing or increasing hunger.
Too much, too often, can lead to hormone imbalance - However, this is not a concern for most people, so you’ll most likely reap all the positive effects of working out.
Adrenaline management: aerobic exercise - Adrenaline is released as a response to acute stress. It’s part of our survival mechanism and it’s crucial in our "fight-or-flight" response to danger.