Yesterday we started talking about stress and its effect on your body. Today we finish the discussion.
So what kind of effect does this have on the body and how can we tell if our cortisol levels are off? Well a couple ways:
1. As i mentioned above, if you are not sleeping well you may take a step back and analyze both your bedtime habits (that is coming in the sleep post) and your ability to sleep at night and rise in the morning.
2. If you constantly feel like things are being piled on top of you and you can’t get out from under it. You may also feel like you can’t shut off your brain or stop working even when you are in a supposedly relaxed atmosphere.
3. If you tend to store fat in your belly. If you feel like you are lean in most of your body but have what we commonly call a beer belly, you may have elevated cortisol.
Historically if we look at why our body does this it makes total sense. In times of stress we needed to store energy and cortisol helped us do this. If for example we were going into a time of famine, our body would take the excess nutrients and with the aid of Insulin, store it as fat for use as energy later.
Lastly, how do we solve these issues?
For most of you (~90%) a simple stress management program would change your life for the better. Paul Chek, a man much smarter than myself( and also author of How to Eat Move and Be Healthy) talks about instead of working out, working in. By this he means exercises that build energy in your body as opposed to expend energy (working out). Examples of this are: light yoga (not hot yoga) with some meditation, tai chi or Qi Gong, simply taking some personal time to walk around the block with your breath or eyes and breath deeply (Think, Eat Pray Love style meditation, quite the mind). As i mentioned this is a great first step for most people. Some have other factors that impact their stress levels and could use supplementation of the adrenals or thyroid as they help manage cortisol. This, right now, is outside my realm of knowledge but i hope to be able to help with that soon enough as i continue my studies.
So, if you have any questions about how to start working in or managing your stress come on in and ask. We love to talk about this stuff!! Set up an introductory session and we will go over all of this with you.
Pwr sn+Overhead Squat 4×2+2
Tabata Row (20 sec work 10 sec rest)