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Part of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle is a routine which includes exercise to maintain health and to increase or regain physical fitness. Exercise can be broadly defined as any action or activity which is undergone to condition a specific part or parts of the body.

Physical training can release hormones which further enhance its positive benefits. Let’s take a closer look on how staying in shape can help combat visible aging and keep us looking our best for longer!

What are Hormones?

Hormones form a critical component to health and well-being as they are chemical messengers facilitating various bodily processes and functions. Everything from mood to metabolism is affected by hormones.

What Counts as Exercise?

While many people choose to engage in highly structured exercise regimens, exercise can be just as beneficial when done without a specific schedule although it will be more difficult to reach specific targeted results without planning a routine.

Some may argue a very wide definition of what constitutes as exercise, however for the purposes of this article we are going to specifically address moderate to vigorous cardio-exercise which at this level is a catalyst for releasing hormones.

Moderate exercise

Consists of a raised heart beat and beginning to sweat however you maintain the ability to converse.

Vigorous exercise

Defined by very rapid breathing and heart rate, at this rate you are unable to say more than a few words without pausing for breath.

Four major hormones released in physical training

Adrenaline (Epinephrine)

This hormone is released to help deal with the increased demands that exercise makes on the body. The amount which is released directly corresponds with the vigor of the exercise you are undertaking. It causes an increased heart rate, constriction of the the blood vessels and dilated air passages. Epinephrine increases the metabolism causing the body to burn fat and sugar stores during intense activity.

Growth Hormone

This is made up of a complex chain of amino acids and comes from your pituitary gland. Growth hormone controls muscle growth and helps maintain healthy immune system functioning. It also has a beneficial impact on visible ageing as it has been linked with collagen production and skin health. Workouts which consist of vigorous activity with shorter time periods of rest stimulate the production of Growth hormone.

Thyroxine (T4)

This hormone is produced by the thyroid gland and is in charge of metabolism. T4 can amplify the metabolic rate of your cells which raises the number of calories that your workout will burn. Be aware that prolonged vigorous cardiovascular exercise (i.e. long runs)  can result in lost muscle as T4 will burn amino acids (muscle) if you don’t have enough sugar to burn.


This hormone is secreted by the adrenal gland and is generally thought of as the number one hormone associated with stress. It also serves to sustain blood sugar levels during exercise. If you exercise excessively or without proper rest between training sessions you may experience a spike in Cortisol.

The Beauty of Balance

A sedentary lifestyle is a high contributor to hormone imbalance.

Hormone imbalance comes with a host of negative health consequences and can have a negative effect on visible aging.

Physical training is well worth the effort as it stimulates important hormone production which can help you achieve well-being. Combine your routine exercise schedule with a healthy diet plan to help optimize this balance.

Unmanaged stress can also cause extra and unwanted signs of aging. Exercise is a proven way to decrease stress levels. Using work outs to deal with undue stress is a healthy coping mechanism that should not be underestimated.

The beauty of balanced hormones is that they make a positive difference to how you feel and look both every day and in the future!

For other non-surgical ways to address visible aging contact Dr Martina van der Mescht for a variety of options to help you achieve the rejuvenated appearance that you desire.

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