We need stress. Fact. If we didn’t have stress we would die …. so safe to say it’s pretty important!
But it’s chronic stress that can become a huge problem and will affect many things in the body which impact health and our ability to stick to any sort of plan when it comes to health, fitness and body composition.
There are many “stressors” that fill the tank on a day to day basis. It’s not all about your emotions folks! So don’t be so quick to say you’re not stressed just because you carry yourself in a calm and composed manner!The attached image shows these different stressors.
When we experience stress the body releases “cortisol.”One of the primary roles of cortisol is to drive up blood sugar by pulling stored sources from the liver and muscles and also pointing you towards foods that will deliver that fast glucose!We all know what foods they are ! A few other things stress will cause are – High heart rate,High blood pressure,Inhibited digestion,Poor mental function.
So you can see how running around with constant stress can be an absolute nightmare for getting results when your blood sugar is erratic and you are being steered towards the high calorie/high sugar foods … not to mention a brain that doesn’t serve your decision making well and a poorly functioning digestive system that can leave you with IBS symptoms and a lack of nutrients and energy being pulled from your food.So how do we dampen the stress response?
Steady state cardio
Improving nutrition quality
These will all help to drain the tank of stress to give you a good balance to help improve your health body and mind!
Every guy that we work with on our MALE MASTERY program goes through our initial “Slingshot” phase to focus on all the above so they are primed and ready to deal with the increased intensity in phase 2!
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