Your Hormones And Your Heart

Do you ever feel like you are working hard to be fit, eating what you think is right and exercising often, yet nothing seems to ever change in your body? You keep gaining weight, feeling worse and nothing you do seems to help?

Talk about frustrating.  So, what is really going on? Are you really working hard enough?  Are you really eating right?

It’s possible that you need to pick up the pace a bit, and pay more attention to your diet.

Or it could be a more hidden issue.  It could be your hormone balance.

If your hormones are out of whack, it doesn’t really matter much what you do.  If your metabolism is so messed up, you may end up storing fat regardless of diet and lifestyle.

Hormones, particularly ones produced by your thyroid gland, control your metabolism.  If your thyroid is not functioning correctly, it may keep you from losing fat and cause other issues, like chronic fatigue.

“When I was younger, I could eat anything I wanted and never gain weight.  What the heck happened?” Does this sound like something you have said recently?

If so, I predict that you are less active now, but more importantly is the likelihood that your hormone balance is much different than when you were younger.  Your thyroid is not regulating your metabolism in the same manner it did when you were twenty years old.  Back then, your metabolism was burning like a bonfire.

This is all normal for people as they age.  That’s why, as we age, we have to work harder to stay healthy.  But imagine if your glands are not producing hormones correctly, even for your age.  Your metabolism may be slowed down way too much practically at a stand- still.

You must get your hormone balance in control.  If you don’t, you will find it impossible to control your body fat percentage.  And this could lead to more problems.

So, make an appointment with your Doctor and get the simple blood test.  Most imbalances are easily correctable, so you owe it yourself to get this checked out.

And while you are at it, get your heart checked out.  Make sure your cholesterol is not too high before you start exercising vigorously.  Recent research shows that high cholesterol numbers may not be as important as once thought, but it is still recommended to get those numbers checked and keep them manageable by eating the right way.

So, get a blood panel that covers hormones and cholesterol.  It will be worth it in the long run.  Why work so hard for nothing?  Before you start a new fitness journey, ensure your body and your hormones are ready to begin.

About the Author:

Steve Mansfield

Steve’s background of extreme fitness, trail guiding, alpinism and defensive tactics has resulted in the development of the Mansfield Method, a system that combines elite-level fitness with human longevity. He has trained world class athletes, mountaineers, Marines, Army personnel, Guardsmen, Emergency Response personnel, SWAT Team members, Law Enforcement and more. He is focused on sharing the Mansfield Method of training for a long and strong lifestyle.

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