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How stress makes you fat!

 

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When feeling stressed the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol into the blood supply to prepare the body for flight or fight. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels so your brain, muscles and organs have enough fuel to get you through that stressful situation – either running away (flight) or pushing on through even though you are tired and anxious (fight), this put very simply, promots our body to store fat.

 

So how would you describe your current stress levels?

A little bit of stress is not a bad thing. The problem occurs when you are constantly in that stressful state and not allowing yourself to come down from it, relax and take time out. Chronically elevated cortisol increases blood sugar levels, which then elevate insulin levels preparing the body for fight or flight…this, among other things, will stop you from burning fat no matter what exercise or diet program you follow.

 

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR STRESS?

 

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Visualisation – you have the power

Before you start your journey

Visualise your goal   

Isn’t it amazing how motivated and inspired you feel when you achieve something? It affects your whole outlook on what you are capable of doing.

I achieved my first full back bridge in Ashtanga Yoga today after practicing…and previously not feeling strong enough to do it.

When I was 8 I was doing back bends all the time, and so easily without thinking about it. I remember just ‘playing’ with my sister and getting into a crab position as we called it.

So what happened between the age of 8 and 40 plus? I stopped practicing…and stopped seeing myself doing it.

Visualisation is a powerful tool. pennygetfit2 visualisation

Today, with guidance from David the Ashtanga yoga teacher at Whitespace Yoga , I was not only guided in how to achieve the position, I was preparing myself through paired practice and in so doing visualising myself in that position…and I gave myself the confidence to try it
without assistance.

For me it wasn’t about strength, it was about positioning and confidence in my ability. So thank you David for helping me with that.

Yes I need some more practice, maybe weight in my shoulders more rather than my legs. But I know I will get that right with practice.

So set yourself a goal, visualise your goal and the journey you make towards achieving it…ask for help when you need it…but be confident that you will achieve it.

 

What’s Your Stress Perspective?

In a potentially stressful situation...how you view things can help you manage stress.

Once you learn how to deal better with stressful situations you will find your health and outlook on life considerably improve.

When you think of stress what do you think of?

Possibly getting uptight when external issues are getting to you such as...

  • your boss giving you even more work to do
  • or getting stuck in traffic which means you may miss your train...
  • or just too much to do in your life!!

Stress is caused by the mind or body not coping with life's challenges.

How you view a situation and how you respond to it is in your own hands...your individual perception of whether it is stressful or not.

Let’s take one of the examples above...

You are due to catch a train but you are stuck in traffic, real bad traffic due to a lorry dumping it’s load and causing a total blockage in the road. So you will miss the train.

There is nothing you can do about it...you’re stuck!

You may be sitting in your car listening to the traffic reports and getting more and more stressed and irate.

Or you may put some calming music on and think ‘so I’ll get the next train’. Yes it’s inconvenient, yes it may cost you the price of another train ticket, yes you may have to delay or postpone a meeting. But how is getting stressed going to help your situation? It won’t.

In fact it will make things worse

...you may need the loo...quickly...but where???

...you may start making decisions about the meeting, the train, the journey which are wrong because you’re unable to think clearly

...you could have a heart attack!!!

 all systems of the body are effected by stress including muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine (hormones), Digestive, nervous and reproductive systems

If we put ourselves through constant stress the body never has time to recover and over time this can lead to many health issues. Here are a few that I have come across with my clients:

  • Migraines from constant muscle tension around the neck and shoulders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome causing digestive problems
  • Weight gain or loss due to digestion problems and emotional eating
  • Hormonal problems due to constant high cortisol levels creating hormone imbalances
  • Tiredness from adrenal fatigue and lack of sleep

And worse

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes

External stress is a state of mind of how you deal with a situation.

Think to yourself...what’s the worse thing that can happen? I use this question a lot and it really keeps me from getting on the stress train! Try it.

Obviously there are other stress reduction techniques such as time management, planning ahead and making lifestyle changes that will also help with stress.

What about internal stress then?

These are things for another blog. Too much information can be stressful.

Let’s just concentrate on our stress perspective for the time being.

Remember...

small manageable steps to fantastic health and wellness

 

Pedal to Lose weight and Getfit2…

I spent a very wet day Friday cycle coaching. If you’re dressed for the weather then it’s not so bad really. I was warm, and I was mainly dry. 

So different to Wednesday when I also spent the day cycling but this time is was mountain biking – pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

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