Fitness & Wellness

Is Cardio Making You Fat?

Is Cardio Making You Fat?

What’s the best type of exercise to help you lose weight? Some people say cardio is the best because it burns tons of calories, but new schools of thought contradict that, saying cardio is really making you fat. Which one is right? Which one is right? There are valid reasons to suspect that cardio alone isn’t the best route to take if you’re trying to shed those extra pounds, but at the same time you can also use cardio in ways to boost your weight loss endeavor.

Your body becomes more efficient the more you do cardiovascular exercises.

The human body was built for becoming more efficient. The harder your labors are, the more muscle you build. The more you run or do aerobic type of activities, the more efficient it becomes at conserving calories and using oxygen and lung capacity more efficiently. While that’s great for survival, it’s not great for weight loss, at least the calorie conserving part. It means the more you do of a specific activity, the less fuel you’ll need to do it. You may have burned hundreds of calories from running five miles initially, but that amount is cut substantially the more you do it. You need more variety since your body adapts.

You can stress your body with too much cardio.

This is a bit confusing, since exercise is supposed to be healthy and burn off hormones of stress, like cortisol. The problem is, rigorous cardio also causes the body to stress, releasing even more cortisol. If you don’t have a problem with stress, daily runs or other cardio won’t be a problem. However, anyone already under stress with high cortisol levels actually enters a “fat trap.” The more intense the cardio, the more potential for weight gain. It increases insulin levels and can boost your cravings for sugar.

You’ll be burning calories, but the source of those calories doesn’t matter.

When you burn calories, it can come from either fat tissue or muscle tissue. Aerobic exercise—cardio—doesn’t differentiate which one. It burns lean muscle mass for calories and fat tissue. It also can make it harder to build muscle tissue. Strength training tends to burn more fat tissue and build muscle tissue. That’s important since the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn. Muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does.

  • There are several studies that show that people who run often eat more calories. In fact, most people eat about 100 calories more than they burn, so they gain weight by adding cardio.
  • How fast you run makes a difference. If you run at top speed or run at a slow jog, almost walk, it is beneficial. It’s using a constant middle of the road pace that adds weight.
  • While cardio isn’t the best for weight loss in the long run, it does take off weight initially for the sedentary. It can get you ready for other cardio workouts that involve strength building like kettlebells or high intensity interval strength training.
  • Including all types of training in your workout is not only good for weight loss, it’s imperative for good health. That’s why we focus on a balanced workout at the Worx by Maia to help you lose weight more efficiently.

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Are You Overweight Because Of Hormone Imbalance?

Are You Overweight Because Of Hormone Imbalance?

At the Worx in Alexandria, VA, I help a lot of overweight women with a hormone imbalance shed their extra pounds. Hormones do affect your weight loss efforts. Of course, it’s not the same for everyone, sometimes the weight gain comes from a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. Hormonal imbalances are difficult to dealt with, particularly for women going through menopause, where there are changes daily and people going through stressful times.

If you’re in menopause or perimenopause, expect hormonal problems.

Whether it’s hot flashes, weight gain or other symptoms of menopause, they all come from reducing estrogen and progesterone levels. Higher estrogen levels cause you to gain weight, so you probably wouldn’t expect that during perimenopause or menopause, but it happens. Since both progesterone and estrogen levels are dropping, sometimes the progesterone level drops faster, making estrogen more dominant. Higher levels of estrogen, called estrogen dominance, can cause weight gain, no matter what your age, even when you’re not at any stage of menopause.

Estrogen dominance can be one cause of weight gain, but there are others.

Three other types of hormones affect your weight. The balance between ghrelin and leptin—the hunger/satiety hormones, insulin and cortisol. Not only do these hormones affect your weight gain, but where that weight settles on your body. For instance, cortisol, a stress hormone, puts fat on your abdomen, often called belly fat. It’s called visceral fat and is the most dangerous type of fat and most difficult to eliminate. The ghrelin/leptin balance tells your body when you’re hungry and when your full. Too much ghrelin and you’ll be hungry all the time. Insulin regulates blood sugar. If it isn’t functioning properly weight gain is easier and you have a problem losing weight.

It may sound depressing, but there are ways to regulate these hormones.

When you participate in physical activity, you’re giving yourself a head start on regulating hormones. Physical activity not only helps regulate insulin levels and reduce insulin sensitivity, it can burn off the hormones of stress and improve testosterone levels. If you worry about testosterone being a male sex hormone, even women need it for building muscle and shedding fat. Sometimes, just worrying about losing weight can be stressful enough it causes high cortisol levels that causes weight gain around the middle. In fact, cortisol may be the biggest block to weight loss, so controlling stress is imperative.

  • Strength-building exercises and HIIT—high intensity interval training are far better for regulating hormones than chronic aerobic exercises like running. Don’t forget meditative types of exercises like tai chi.
  • Getting adequate sleep is extremely important to regulating hormone levels. Even one night without adequate sleep can make hormones go out balance.
  • Eat healthier. Consume less red meat and avoid caffeine and sugar. Healthy fat is important for your diet, so add an avocado or two. If you choose to supplement, take a vitamin D3, B complex, magnesium and add bone broth for extra collagen and nutrients.
  • Address gut health issues and your microbiome. If your digestive system isn’t functioning correctly, it affects your entire body.

For more information, contact us today at The WorX by Maia


Workouts For Stay At Home Moms

Workouts For Stay At Home Moms

I believe in the importance of exercise too much not to share some tips for workouts for stay at home moms. Whether you come into the Worx in Alexandria, VA, for private session, workout in groups or can’t get out of the house because of toddlers, helping you stay fit is my prime objective. I can help you directly at the gym and with some tips for those stay at home moms, especially those with babies or toddlers who are constantly on call. Here are some quick exercises you can do in those brief moments you have to yourself.

You can start with a workout while you work.

Any busy mom will tell you that the days seem to fly by with very little time for anything else but housework and childcare. That’s when I suggest they make the work a real workout. Every mom knows about multitasking, whether you stay at home or not. Do you need to pick up laundry or toys, do squats as you do? Vacuum with extra effort doing lunges with each push. Vigorously clean windows by turning to the side and reaching for the window with the outermost arm. Leg and calf raises are doable when you’re at the sink and putting folded clothes in a basket can be completed with a squat.

Combine all three types of exercises with circuit training.

Are the kids napping and you have limited time? Try circuit training. You’ll get more benefit in less time when you increase intensity, lifting more or resting less between exercises. With circuit training, you do several sets of different exercises in a row, rest and repeat. One of my favorites starts with one minute of jumping, followed by a minute of butt kicks for a warm up. Complete the workout circuit with a minute of each: mountain climbers, burpees and a minute plank. Rest a minute and repeat three to four times until you reach a twenty minute workout.

Strength training is important and you don’t have to have weights.

There’s no need to buy a set of weights that take up a lot of room when you have the option of spending a few dollars on resistance bands or go even cheaper with homemade weights, like milk jugs, laundry jugs or other bottles filled with sand or water. You can use soup cans, too. As you get stronger, add more water until you fill it to the top. Warm up with a minute of jump rope, then do ten of each, pushups, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, lunges, squats and finish with a one-minute plank. Rest a minute and repeat. If you have time and/or energy, do a third time.

  • Just dashing up and down the stairs is good exercise. When you have an extra minute, do a few laps up and down the stairs. You can mix it with your daily chores by taking fewer items from the laundry and making more trips.
  • You don’t have to make sure your child is in bed when you include them in the workout. I’ve seen mothers build incredible strength just by lifting their child. As they get heavier, you lift more weight. Combine that with some extra moves, like squats while you’re holding them.
  • If you’re a brand-new mom and have the doctors okay, take the baby for a walk in the buggy or stroller. Just getting out and walking on nice days is good exercise for you and the fresh air is good for both of you.
  • When you want more than a solitary workout, come to The Worx by Maia. There’s a program that is sure to fit your schedule and both group and private training.

For more information, contact us today at The WorX by Maia


The Best Chicken/Fish/Beef/Etc Meal Prep Recipes

The Best Chicken/Fish/Beef/Etc Meal Prep Recipes

If you don’t already know how meal planning and making meals ahead can help you lose weight, I’ll help you with just a shortened version. When you plan meals ahead, including shopping lists, cooking them on the weekend and freezing, you’ll have ready to eat meals during the week and won’t be as apt to stop for fast food. You also have the perfect serving size already measured for you and ready to go. Here are some chicken/fish/beef/etc meal prep ideas to help you get started on a meal planning adventure.

If you want to maximize the number of uses, make Chicken Tinga.

One way to save time and money is to double up and cook more at once. Chicken tinga is a shredded chicken dish you can use in rice bowls, burritos or to top a salad. It’s easy to make and then package in single serving sizes. Cover chicken breasts with about an inch of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Save the broth. Shred the chicken. Blender together plum tomatoes, onions, garlic chipotle, spice, broth and olive oil. There are lots of great recipes, but most people flavor to taste. Mix with shredded chicken and package in half cup serving sizes. It’s about 110 calories per serving.

Stuffed peppers are another favorite.

There are so many different ways to make stuffed peppers. For vegetarians, stuffing the pepper with a mixture of quinoa, black beans, seasoning corn, and chopped tomatoes, then steaming in whole tomatoes and juice is one way. For others, shred chicken and add it to brown rice with tomatoes, corn and even beans to make the same dish. Serve with side salad.

Make chicken all at once and use it in several meals, then use the broth for soup.

If you love saving money, there’s nothing like soup to stretch the budget. It’s a great way to use up extra vegetables, too. If you don’t have chicken broth, make bone broth from leftover bones of baked chicken or beef. It’s super healthy. Making soup ahead and freezing in individual serving sizes can provide a heat and serve meal that’s microwavable and quick. Some people even use ice cube trays to freeze and then bag in plastic bags. Some of my favorite soups include butternut squash soup, vegetable soup and lentil soup.

  • When you plan meals ahead, you’ll probably still want fresh fruit and vegetables for sides. You can use frozen vegetables and get the same benefit as fresh if you’re cooking them.
  • Cutting calories? Make a big pan of lasagna using zucchini for the noodles. Make a big dish and freeze individual servings. Individual servings are great for families on the go and when unexpected guests come.
  • Another money saving tip for make ahead meals, rehydrate a whole bag of black, pinto or red beans at once. You can mash them, add them to a salad, power bowls, soup or make refried beans. They’re super versatile.
  • If you roast beef or bake chicken, double it up. Make extra and package for later. You can package them in serving sizes or the measurement you’ll most often use when cooking, such as cups. When you’re making meals for the week, that part is ready to go.

For more information, contact us today at The WorX by Maia


How To Start Your Fitness Journey

How To Start Your Fitness Journey

If you’ve been considering getting into shape, losing weight and getting healthier, but haven’t started, it’s time to start your fitness journey. How many times have you gone to the couch after a meal just to relax a minute before cleaning up the kitchen, only to find that minute extends to an hour or longer. You have two options at that point. The first is to put off the task of cleaning up for the next day and the second is to do it. If you decide to do it, the first thing you have to do is get off the couch and go into the kitchen. In order to get anything accomplished, the process always starts the same way, take the first step.

Whether you’re trying to complete the last set or get started on your workout, the process is the same.

How many times have you thought about working out and decided to wait until later, even if you’re already in an exercise program? Near the end of a workout, how many times have you thought of quitting or actually quit before the last push-up, jumping jack or squat was completed? If you managed to do your workout even though you wanted to put it off or did that last squat, you pushed yourself to do it. Sometimes, wanting to work out doesn’t come naturally and you fight it, so you simply have to push yourself to get started or continue to the end. Once you do, the actual workout is easier than you imagined.

Start by holding yourself accountable.

If you’re ready to get fit, do as much as you can to hold that feeling of readiness. Of course, I’m talking about committing to working with a trainer, signing up for a class or working out with a friend. All of those things will hold you accountable and keep you on track when you want to quit. Just saying you want to workout, or even signing up at a gym without a commitment to a schedule, won’t get the same results.

Have a goal and a plan on how to achieve it.

The first thing we ask at the Worx is about your goals. Not everyone wants the same things. Some people just want to lose weight, others want to get a beach body and still others want to regain the energy they once had. Once we know that person’s goals and other information, we help create a plan for them to reach it. Know what you want to accomplish and then identify how you’re going to reach that goal.

If your fitness desires seem overwhelming, break them down to smaller, easier to reach ones. Rather than trying to focus on losing 100 pounds, focus on losing two pounds every week. You’ll get more celebrations as you reach each goal and won’t be as apt to quit because it seems impossible.

  • If you’re not ready to start a full workout program or a complete healthy diet, take baby steps. Start walking more, take the stairs or substitute unhealthy snacks with fresh fruit. Some people start by giving up soft drinks and replacing it with water.
  • Confusion and lack of knowledge can block some people from starting. That’s when working with a fitness professional is best. You don’t have to get private sessions, group sessions are affordable and you get the same help.
  • Make sure you really want to get fitter. Some people say they’re going to get fit and that’s where they stop. It’s as though saying it was all they needed to do. Before you utter those words, make sure you really mean them and then do something about it.
  • If you’ve chosen to start slowly, like taking daily walks, schedule a time specifically for those walks or before you know it, that part of the program will end, too. Add a few minutes of walking every day to the schedule.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx


How To Eat Healthy Without Depriving Yourself

How To Eat Healthy Without Depriving Yourself

I love all the enthusiasm at the Worx in Alexandria, VA. People come here to achieve fitness goals that are as different as each person is. However, in order to reach each goal, there is a common thread. It’s all about what you eat, besides how much you workout. Most people hate restrictions on their eating habits. It makes them feel hungry and deprived. Wouldn’t you like to learn to eat healthy without depriving yourself? There’s a way you can do it.

Start by identifying unhealthy food you eat and find ways to make them healthier.

You may think that some food, like that giant chocolate seven layer cake with thick frosting, simply can’t be made healthier, but it can. Focus on the unhealthy foods you like and ways to make them healthier. If you like sour cream on your baked potato, consider switching to Greek yogurt instead. It’s a small calorie savings, but increases the nutrient count, too. Consider switching out fried food for baked food, substituting applesauce for oil or sugar in baked goods, like that chocolate cake or substituting vegetables for pasta, such as spaghetti squash or zucchini lasagna.

Learn to eat mindfully.

I have a client who is lucky enough that she can consume almost anything without gaining weight, and she eats a lot of junk. When she came to me about eating healthier, she told me that she wanted to eat healthier to feel better and look better. Yes, if you want to build muscle tissue, you need a healthy diet. It’s not all about weight loss. She said when she bought a package of pastries or cookies, she always ate the whole package in a few minutes. That’s when I knew she had to learn to eat mindfully to get a healthy diet. Eating mindfully is all about savoring each bite. Rather than tossing a handful of M&Ms into your mouth, eat just one and savor the flavor. Identify every minute of enjoyment. You won’t eat as many and never feel deprived.

Take a pause while you’re eating.

Just like mindful eating, slowing the process of a meal is also important. Make more conversation at the table. Pause for a while, rather than shoveling food in your mouth just to finish. Chew…endlessly chew. The more you chew, the more you’re helping your digestive system and giving your body a chance to catch up to the feeling of fullness. Push your plate away a little earlier at each meal, so your level of comfortable fullness comes quicker.

  • Be aware of each time you eat. Are you doing it when you’re hungry or just out of boredom. If it’s boredom, have a go-to response. Some people take a short walk, even if they’re inside, find the best way for you to break your cycle.
  • You can make yourself more aware of food consumption by writing down every time you eat, even if it’s a little nibble. You can even add a note about your emotions at the time to help you identify why you eat.
  • When you’re hungry, first drink an eight ounce bottle or glass of water. Not only is it filling, often people mistake thirst for hunger.
  • Plan a healthy menu for the week, including snacks and make a grocery list. Cook all the weekly meals at once. It will help you stick with a healthy menu and avoid unhealthy snacking. The meals will be ready to heat and eat so you won’t have to stop for fast food if you’re tired.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx


Should I Workout If I'm Fasting?

Should I Workout If I’m Fasting?

There’s a lot of talk about the benefits of fasting for health benefits, both longer term and intermittent fasting. When you fast, you are often lower in energy, especially if you’re doing a fast that’s a day or longer. That’s not necessarily true of intermittent fasting, which can be as simple as eating all your food in an eight-hour time frame and fasting the other sixteen hours. Should you skip your workout on those days when you’re fasting? There are reasons to believe that it isn’t necessary to give up all activity, as long as you follow some rules.

When you’re working out, your body uses the stored carbohydrates in the form of glycogen.

If you haven’t eaten in a while, you might have depleted those glycogen reserves. There’s a good and bad side to that. The body needs to find another energy source, which could be fat. Some studies show that the body burns more fat if you eat after working out, rather than before you do. However, there’s another source of energy the body might use and that’s protein, which means you’d lose more muscle tissue. The less muscle tissue you have, the slower your metabolism works and the less effective your workout will be.

If you’re intermittent fasting, schedule your workout to mesh with your fast.

Rather than risk a slower resting metabolic rate, it’s smarter to plan your workout to mesh with your fast. If you’re simply eating in an eight-hour window, workout after you’ve eaten, that’s especially true if you’re doing high intensity training. You’ll have the glycogen available that you need and keep your fire burning strong, while also reducing the risk that you’ll end up with low blood sugar levels.

If your fast is longer, stick with lower intensity workout while you’re doing it.

What’s a low intensity workout. For cardio, it’s one that you can talk while you’re working out. A walk, light jog or some easier exercises at the gym will keep your body moving without drawing too much energy. Your body will tell you if the exercise is too much. You’ll feel dizzy or light-headed during your workout. Remember, your body is already struggling from deprivation, you don’t want to add to the burden.

  • A full meal right before a workout isn’t good either. If you’re headed for a workout, break your fast for the first meal of the day with a high protein style snack or light meal at least a half hour before you workout.
  • Snack on protein throughout the day during your window when you eat. It helps build the muscles. Don’t forget a protein snack after a strength training workout. That’s when your muscles desperately need it for repair and growth. Don’t forget to hydrate frequently, either.
  • You’ll probably find that eating snacks frequently during the window when you eat will help you feel better and have more energy. Make them a combination of protein and carbohydrates, like peanut butter and apples.
  • Save a full meal for after a tough workout. It should be within a half hour of the workout. Make sure it includes at least 20 grams of protein to help boost your muscle maintenance.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx


Skinny Doesn't Mean Weak

Skinny Doesn’t Mean Weak

I have clients of all sizes and shapes at the gym in Alexandria, VA. Some of the clients that are thinnest or skinniest often amaze me at their strength. Just as being big and bulky with muscles that look like the Incredible Hulk doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re strong, being skinny doesn’t mean weak, either. Everyone has their own perfect body, some are tall and thin. While they might look skinny under layers of clothing, when they’re in shorts and a T-shirt, you can see their muscles.

It’s not unheard-of to get stronger without getting bigger or bulkier.

In fact, that’s one of the dilemmas that body builders face. They may have big bulky muscles, but they don’t have strength. How does that happen? Getting ripped isn’t the same as becoming strong. Your body increases strength by muscle growth and neural adaptation. Neural adaptations is the process of the body making the best use of the muscles it already has. If you’ve gained strength, but aren’t bulky and big, that’s the reason.

What causes neural adaptation, but not muscle growth?

Part of the reason for skinny, but strong is the number of reps. Too many—12 or more, improves endurance, not bulk. Too few, three reps or fewer, gives you power and strength but not muscle growth. Not working to metabolic fatigue will keep you strong but skinny, too. Training too little also does it. Most of all, consuming too few calories is the biggest offender. Getting strong and staying skinny occurs when you maintain the same calorie count you did before working out hard. You need extra calories to build muscles.

You get health benefits from being strong and being thin.

When you’re thinner, you tend to be less prone to ailments like heart disease. “Skinny” tends to be more agile than big and bulky. Getting stronger brings great benefits, too. You’re less prone to injury and are ready for daily living tasks. Some of the most powerful bodies are thin. Consider Bruce Lee and other martial arts people. They don’t look like they have much muscle, but they’re powerful.

  • Most bodybuilders and big, bulked up people aren’t nearly as strong as those with more sinewy muscles. Using your muscles for daily tasks, rather than just pumping iron can make a difference.
  • Skinny can mean less fat and more muscle mass. That’s an indicator that the person should be stronger. It’s a lean, yet muscular appearance that can be quite deceptive.
  • I’ve seen some really strong women, particularly at The Worx. Women have hormones that suppress their ability to bulk up, but not their ability to get stronger.
  • Strength comes in all sizes. It’s all about diet and the exercise program you’re using. It’s why we ask your goals before we create a workout plan designed specifically for you.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx


Sweet Poison Is Sugar Ruining Your Health

Sweet Poison Is Sugar Ruining Your Health

While sugar and products made with sugar, have a sweet taste, it doesn’t mean they’re sweet for your health or body. In fact, they may be ruining your health. Man has always had a taste for sweetness. It’s obvious when you feed a baby and find they love applesauce or pudding far more than green beans. One anthropologist hypothesized that man was created to love sweetness, since sweetness in fruits and vegetables meant they were safe to eat. While that may be true, manufacturers of food have taken that love to a whole new level and put sugar in almost all food we eat.

Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

You hear a lot about healthy sugars, like honey, can sugar or corn syrup. While honey does have some health benefits, like its antioxidants, heart healthy benefits and aid with healing wounds, consuming too much is extremely unhealthy. Remember those commercials for high fructose corn syrup—HFCS—it’s natural so it must be healthy. No matter what type of sugar you’re discussing, too much increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and impairs your immune system and accelerates aging. Not all natural things are healthy. Tobacco is natural and so are many poisons.

You might be surprised that fat isn’t the enemy.

While it’s not healthy to eat too much fat, especially trans fat, it’s not the enemy that it’s been made to seem. In the 1950s a mega study by Harvard scientists were conducted. Mega studies take all the available studies and compare the results for an overall conclusion. They found that fat caused heart disease. What wasn’t explained is that the sugar industry paid for the study and provided extra money to the scientists for that conclusion. They only used those studies that leaned toward fat and ignored the problems of sugar. While trans fat does contribute to heart disease, most fat, which includes the fat in avocado, coconut oil and the fat in nuts actually add to good health.

Science has taken it a step further with HFCS.

Check the label of those processed food and you’re bound to see a lot of sugar added. Some of the sugar comes from high fructose corn syrup—in fact, a lot does. It may be called natural, but it’s not. It’s removed from corn stalks by using a chemical and that product is even worse than normal beet or cane sugar. It’s a combination of glucose and fructose. The body doesn’t process fructose well. It doesn’t suppress your appetite, plus has all the negatives caused by sugar, insulin spikes, metabolic problems, increased risk for heart disease, dementia, fatty liver disease, obesity and damage to the stomach lining.

They’re different chemically and how they react in your body. Fructose causes all the same problems as regular sugar, but also adds more. It goes into the blood stream rapidly, can cause fatty liver, spikes insulin and creates metabolic problems. It boosts your appetite, increasing the risk of weight gain. It increases the risk of heart disease, dementia and can even cause damage to the stomach lining.

  • HFC is cheaper to make, so it’s in many processed foods. That means you’re eating it even when you aren’t aware of the sweetness, making it easier to eat more than you thought and overwhelming your body with it.
  • Sugar is addictive. It affects the same receptors as cocaine. It also alters the sense of taste to make naturally sweet fruit taste less sweet.
  • While doctors may focus on salt as an offender in high blood pressure, sugar plays a big role in making the numbers rise, too.
  • If you’re reading labels to see how much sugar is in a product, you might be surprised to find that manufacturers use several types of sugar in a product and when listed individually, are lower on the list. However, when added together creates a product high in sugar.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx by Maia


How Hormones Affect Your Health

How Hormones Affect Your Health

Clients who workout in Alexandria, VA, at the Worx, do so for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons is to help improve their overall health. Working out affects the balance of hormones in the body, such as cortisol and hormones affect your health. So while most just want to get into shape, the added benefit of balancing hormones is an added benefit. Hormones affect your health. They are the messengers that trigger all the functions in the body to keep it functioning at its best.

Stress hormones not only affect your health, they affect your appearance, too.

If you find that all your fat collects in your abdomen and your waistline just keeps getting bigger, you probably have a problem with stress and the accumulation of cortisol. Stress hormones make changes in the body to prepare it to fight or run. There are receptors for cortisol, one of those hormones, in almost all cells in the body. It’s the messenger that affects your memory, controls blood sugar levels, maintains blood pressure and regulates your metabolism.

Too much cortisol in your body contributes to health issues.

Do you have a rapid heart beat? That’s probably from too much cortisol that wasn’t burnt off with exercise. It does more than just increase your heart rate, it increases the potential for obesity and is one of the leading causes for heart disease and high blood pressure. One way you can improve your health is to keep stress at a minimum. It’s not an easy task, but finding ways to prevent it before it gets out of control, such as meditation or even immediate exercise like running up and down stairs can relieve the stress-response quickly.

There are all types of hormones, including sex hormones that contribute to health issues.

Stress can affect the balance of female hormones, just as toxins or poor nutrition can. If a woman has too little progesterone and too much estrogen, it can show itself with weight gain on the hips, thighs and abdomen, fibroid tumors and a low sex drive. Gall bladder disease, heavy bleeding, painful periods and mood swings are also symptoms. Women aren’t the only ones to face health risk by hormonal imbalance. There are issues with both too much testosterone and too little for men. Too much or too little can create heart issues, with too much increasing the risk of prostate cancer and too little causing weight gain.

  • If you’re having problems sleeping at night, maybe your hormones are out of whack. The pineal gland creates serotonin that affects your ability to sleep. Adequate sleep is important to good health.
  • The system that creates hormones is the endocrine system with the hypothalamus as the major gland. Hormones control thirst, sleep, body temperature and more.
  • One of the most severe hormonal problems comes from too much insulin or too little, also known as type 1 diabetes or hypoglycemia.
  • Exercise helps regulate many hormones. Eating healthy is another way to help boost hormonal health. Come in for a free training session and see how good you really can feel.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx by Maia