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Can Exercise Balance Out Hormones in Women?

author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
Can Exercise Balance Out Hormones in Women?
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Fertility in women is largely driven by hormones, which serve as chemical messengers in the blood. Hormonal imbalances can lead to mood changes, weight gain and even issues like ovarian cysts. When an imbalance occurs, it can be related to age, diet and nutrition, illness or stress. Exercise is vital for health and may reduce some of the problems associated with hormone imbalances. Talk with your doctor if you are experiencing health problems that may be associated with a hormone imbalance.

Sleep Disorders

Women suffering from hormone imbalances may find themselves faced with sleeping problems. This can include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The book "Mind Over Menopause" by Leslee Kagan, et al. suggests that sleeping disorders associated with a hormone imbalance can be reduced through exercise. Exercise raises the body temperature and two to four hours after a workout, it drops again. This process may make it easier to fall asleep and sleep through the night.

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Hormones produced by the ovaries, such as estrogen and progesterone, may regulate where fat sits on the body. When a hormone imbalance occurs, women may find they develop extra fat around the middle. It is not clear exactly why this happens, but excess abdominal fat can increase the risk of heart disease. Exercise is an essential component to controlling weight. You cannot change fat placement, but you can increase activity to burn calories and reduce fat storage. Regular exercise increases your daily calories usage and, in combination with a low-calorie diet, will help burn off stored fat.


Regular aerobic exercise is a trigger that releases chemicals and hormones that improve your mood. Women who suffer from a hormone imbalance tend to have mood swings. This flux can lead to poor self-confidence and depression. Doing cardiovascular exercises are equivalent to pressing a button to launch the hormones that help you feel good.

Bone Density

Bone remolding is the process through which bones break down and rebuild more densely. One common cause of hormone imbalances in women is menopause, or the cessation of ovulation and menstruation. Once menopause starts, the remolding process may speed up. At some point, the breaking down of bone tissue overtakes the rebuilding and the body cannot keep up. The University of Florida reports that women suffering from a hormone imbalance that results in reduction of bone tissue do benefit from regular exercise. Weight training and dietary supplements, such as calcium and vitamin D will help improve the density of the bones.

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