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Hormonal health Balance of nature

Take control of your hormones throughout your life and discover how to work with your body – not against it

The phrase “it’s just hormones” is used indiscriminately to justify any number of behaviours, mostly in women. Aside from the fact that we, of course, do not need our behaviours justified, why are hormones so important? What do they do for us? And are we destined to be always ruled by our hormonal balances and imbalances?

From before puberty to beyond the menopause, hormones influence our body’s physical and emotional functions as well as our ability to exercise. Being informed and prepared about the changes that happen to us, including potential surprises, is the key to smoothing our journey through life and keeping us happy, healthy runners.

What exactly are hormones?

Hormones are chemical messages, made in glands and transported around the body in the bloodstream. Hormones control most of the body’s major functions from mood and metabolism to appetite and sexual function. Oestrogen and progesterone are the main female sex hormones. Both are primarily made in the ovaries, but smaller quantities are also made in the adrenal glands (near the kidneys) and in fatty tissue. The levels of hormones vary day to day through the month and also change according to where we are in our reproductive life.

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Whether you’ve just run your first few steps, or you’re planning your next ultramarathon, Women’s Running is your virtual coach: here to offer inspiration, advice and support, whatever your journey. We have reviews of all the latest kit, including support shoes and sports bras, as well as your essential leg workout to help you run stronger than ever. We’ve got interviews with intrepid London Marathon runners, including Nell McAndrew, as well as with our cover star, Megan, who is the first hearing impaired person to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. That’s a thousand miles, all told! And this month, we’ve explored the world of hormones, from puberty to menopause and everything in-between, and how we can work with them to run our very best.