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    Exercise and Hormones

    Hormones are chemical messengers that facilitate communication between the multitude of biological systems and glands within our body. They are part of the endocrine system, which is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses to control cellular functions. Hormones are delivered through blood vessels to cells in the body and regulate a number of physiological reactions in the body including growth, weight, development, hydration levels, mood, reproduction, tissue function, sexual function, energy metabolism, menstrual cycle, immunological behavior, sleep, homeostasis, synthesis and degradation of muscle protein, among others. These are regulated by feedback through stimulation from the nervous system, chemical receptors in the blood, and…