Episode #478 What’s the exercise influence cortisol has on menopause?
This hot topic is an frequently revisited one. So, you probably haven’t heard the last!
- exercise CAN reduce cortisol
- exercise CAN increase cortisol
- exercise combines with your current status for overall effect
The two-word answer is always, it depends.
It depends on you.
To decrease cortisol:
- find the goldilocks for you right now
- listen to hormones and interpret the messages your body is sending
Why the exercise influence cortisol matters more in menopause:
- fat burning occurs when you do the right amount
- fat storage occurs when you do the wrong amount
Th “quick fix” that exercise can be for some women is due to a lack of other stress reduction tools. Find them!
- long endurance steady state exercise
- more moderate exercise
- “fat burning zone”
What about the American Heart Association recommendations? someone else asked.
Any arbitrary guidelines don’t fit everyone. Would moving regularly be a goal? Yes. Low to moderate level however is the biggest improvement you make. Coming off the couch to move you gain the most.
Increase cortisol 150%.. with moderate intensity exercise.
Listen to this passage for information on late day high intensity exercise. You’ll hear when high intensity exercise IS beneficial if you have optimal cortisol levels in general.
08:54 cortisol from exercise
09:10 Fasted exercise (more cortisol)
10:20 cortisol saliva test
11:30 adrenal fatigue or disfunction
12:30 Yoga as a fat burning by way of removing the obstacle
Cortisol is the gatekeeper of fat.
Do not forget these take-aways:
Avoid anything that breaks down muscle (catabolism). That includes, fasting, high stress levels, and low fuel states.
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