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HIIT YOUR HORMONES

Oh, hormones — they peak and dip at the most inconvenient times, affecting every aspect of your life, from mood and sex drive to fertility and metabolism. But what affects your hormones? As it turns out — exercise.

“Hormones are like tiny traffic cops directing biochemical messages that regulate everything,” explains Hayden Steele, CSCS, NSCA, CSCCA, and developer of the Shock: Women’s Fitness app. “One of the bestknown natural ways to promote hormonal balance is through exercise, and through intensity-based training, women can unleash the power of the key hormones that will help them reach their fitness goals.”

High-intensity interval training has been nearly researched to death when it comes to its metabolic and fat-burning prowess, but recent results indicate that HIIT is arguably more important for women than it is for men. “Women are at a hormonal disadvantage for building muscle because they produce less testosterone,” Steele says. “But women can overcome this by training in a way that maximizes hormone levels, burning fat, building muscle and creating a lean, athletic and feminine physique.”

FIVE HORMONES TO KNOW

Though innumerable bodily compounds are impacted by physical activity, there are five key hormones you should take note

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