Hormonal imbalances. We’ve all heard of them. But what even are they? How can you know if you have one? And why does any of this even matter?
Well, if living a healthy life and staying in shape is something that truly matters to you… Your hormones are a huge part of that equation. They are chemical messengers that regulate our bodies’ functions. So yeah, they are a pretty big deal.
Hormones control everything from blood sugar levels, sleep quality, inflammation, hunger queues, metabolism, growth and more!
Now, in order to function optimally, hormones need to be in precise balance. Which oftentimes, this is unfortunately not the case. But, how can you know if you have a hormonal imbalance? Let’s get right into it:
Signs & Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalances
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some common symptoms you might experience if any of your hormones are out of balance:
- Change in sex drive
- Changes in appetite
- Headaches and migraines
- Increased sensitivity to heat and cold
- Menstrual changes or even infertility
- Mood swings, anxiety, and depression
- Pain or swelling in joints
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Weight loss or weight gain
Again, this list is very broad and every body will react differently to different hormonal imbalances. So make sure you speak to your doctor before self-diagnosing and self-medicating!
Also, these symptoms are non-specific, so having them does not necessarily mean that you have a hormonal imbalance. Talking to your doctor should always be your first step!
Hormonal Imbalances Causes
Hormonal imbalances can occur for a number of reasons including:
- Stress and trauma
- Poor nutrition and eating disorders
- Illness and medication
- Lifestyle changes
So it is important to make sure you are taking care of both your body and mind. Exercising regularly, eating a balanced nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and learning to manage stress are small steps you can take every day to start supporting your hormones!
Engaging in regular exercise is one of the simplest ways we can help balance those hormones out naturally. However, different forms of exercise might be more beneficial for different hormones.
Which is exactly why every single one of our workouts at The Motion Room are scientifically designed to support hormonal functions using different intensities and movements. Resulting in a holistic workout solution personalized for all of our clients needs.