I am usually heard saying that I live a very stress-free life, and it is true that very little fazes me. It helps that I have complete control over my schedule, and if I pack too much on my plate it is my own doing. I also limit my exposure to the news and do not watch on TV scenes of catastrophes that I can do nothing about.
At some point, we've all awoken from some kind of binge, perhaps surrounded by beer bottles, candy wrappers, or shopping bags, and asked ourselves: What the hell happened? How can rational, functioning adults totally lose control of their impulses?
Too tired to exercise? You don’t sleep well at night? Exercise habits have been highly correlated to your sleeping patterns. We have all heard over and over again the endless list of benefits that exercising can do for you. Lowering your anxiety levels and helping with stress management are two of those benefits and oftentimes lack of sleep can be caused by high anxiety and/ or high levels of stress. Good sleep doesn’t cause everyone to suddenly have the urge and discipline to exercise; yet exercising does result in a better night’s rest.
We all have frustrations/stresses of everyday life that get in the way sometimes, but some of us don't realize that they are a HUGE part of our successes in and out of the gym. Maybe our day didn't go as planned or we were happy when we left the house and then someone or something made it switch, almost suddenly. Those little things can creep up on us and STORE FAT! Yes, that's right, our frustrations and stresses cause us to store fat. As if we needed anymore, right?
THE CORTISOL CONNECTION AND WEIGHT LOSS Working out hard, training for competition, contest prepping, juggling fitness, family and home, struggling with sleep while living a busy life, these are all stressors on our bodies (not to mention minds).
An often asked question from clients is "Why can't I lose these last ____ pounds/inches?" The answer is not always the same due to variable factors that include age, gender, present lifestyle habits, chronic conditions, stress management, medication, etc., that can vastly alter the result of effective exercise and nutrition.
Ever wonder why most group instructors or trainers end classes or sessions with deep breathing? No, we're not finding ways to waste those last few minutes! Well, ok, sometimes. We're usually doing one of two things or both:
I've not kept this a secret, I openly talk about it... On June 15, 2007, I had Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. It was a decision required for my health - blindness did not appeal to me, and oh so much more. I also will tell you that there continues to be NOTHING easy living with having this surgery. IT IS A TOOL, like all tools it must be used appropriately. The things I've learned!!!
This is the forgotten part of fitness. Not has sexy as core training. Or pumping out a set of bicep curls in the mirror. Or wearing that tank top to show of your muscles. Hey I have been guilty of all that!
A big thing I’ve been preaching to my clients as of late is to persevere through all obstacles. We all have them: injuries, job, family, relationships, and mentally. My words might not always come out like this, but I’m trying to say, “Stay calm, be strong,” more or less. What I mean is that I don’t want clients to become overstressed. Don’t sweat the things you can’t control – the things that are beyond our control. Control what you can control and you’ll take care of business in the other areas.