Take a look online and you’ll find heaps of information about how good exercise is for you. You may find out about the way that it helps support your body’s detoxification system. Or perhaps, the benefits it offers in supporting your emotional and mental wellbeing. Then again, it may highlight the benefits it offers to your cardiovascular system.

With all these positives, there are also some warnings. Information that suggests that perhaps exercise isn’t the greatest thing for your hormones. That too much of a good thing may be bad.

What is the truth?

Supportive Exercise For Your Hormones

In general, exercise supports and helps your body. If you have excess estrogen, exercise can help you to lower the level of circulating estrogen in your system. Helping to bring your hormones back into balance by reducing estrogen levels.

Exercise can also support your progesterone levels. People with low progesterone due to stress can use exercise to alleviate the cause. Exercising reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, which reduces progesterone. Removing the cortisol allows the progesterone to be present in normal levels.

Regular, moderate exercise has also been shown to positively impact fertility. Improving implantation rate and potentially reducing the risk of miscarriage.

Excessive Exercised And Your Hormones

It is possible to overdo exercise. Too much exercise can have a negative impact on your hormonal balance. Frequent, high-intensity exercise can disrupt your hormonal balance. This level of exercise can reduce your estrogen levels, disrupting ovulation and potentially causing regular periods to cease. Low levels of body fat are often linked to low estrogen levels.

Exercise is often good for you, but you can have too much of a good thing. If you want to support your menstrual health, it is important to look at all the factors that come into play. Sometimes the love of exercise can tip over the edge and start causing problems.

Too much exercise can also increase cortisol, leading to a decrease in progesterone – the opposite of what you might be looking for.

Moderate levels of exercise are the goal. Aim for around 30 minutes 3-5 days a week and stay in touch with your body. You’ll feel if the amount of exercise you are doing is enough for you.

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