Can Regular Exercise Help to Balance Hormones?
We all exercise for various reasons. Some exercise for aesthetics, some for health, some just because it makes them feel good. And some, for all of the above reasons! But can regular exercise actually help us fight our skin issues - by keeping our hormones in check?
Yes, exercise can help you lose your love handles, but it’s the loss of excess fat deep inside the body that counts here.
The body contains two types of fat. The one you can pinch (subcutaneous), that is fairly harmless, but stubborn and hard to get rid of, and the less-visible stuff, the visceral fat that pads the abdominal organs, which can be a killer. Literally. Visceral fat is sometimes referred to as "active fat" due to its distinctive role in affecting our hormones. A relatively good indicator of visceral fat is to take a waistline measurement. Harvard University notes around 10% of our total fat is likely to be stored as visceral fat, therefore if you are carrying higher amounts of body fat than is recommended, it is therefore more likely that you are also storing more visceral fat than is healthy.
Fat cells do more than simply store extra calories — they have proved to be much more involved in human physiology than we had previously thought. Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active. It's appropriate to think of fat as its own endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health. Although scientists are still deciphering the roles of individual hormones, it's becoming clear that excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of these hormones.