Stress and your body…

A majority of the people I work with have some sort of ongoing aches and pains, and as a trainer I do the best I can to help retrain poor movement patterns that are harmful and strengthen proper movement patterns.  But, as a trainer there are some things I cannot control with my clients such as stress levels, sleep patterns, and nutrition.  Let’s face it, as much as I like you guys, there is no way I can be with each and everyone of you 24/7.  The next best thing I can do is try to research and educate you guys.
Everyone experiences stress, it’s a fact of life.  We can never get rid of stress, and in fact to do be void of all stress can be just as harmful as being over stressed.  Your body reacts to whatever happens to it via a stress response system, this stress response system can be triggered by physical stress (e.g. the digestive system, physical pain, movement, etc), emotional stress (both good and bad emotional responses), and mental stress (over-worked, unable to sleep, etc).

Wed MD has this to say about stress… “Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses.

Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you — and many things that you do yourself — put stress on your body. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.

How Does Stress Affect Health?

The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.

Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.

Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try and relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems.”

While personal training and fitness in general are great outlet’s to relieve stress, the basics most also be in place….

1) Eating every 4 hours or so.  This will keep your metabolism up and stabilize blood sugar levels, overall your mood should be improved as your body does not have to worry or stress out about being hungry or not.  Stay hydrated and be conscious to eat as much unprocessed food as possible.

2) Limiting un-necessary stresses.  It may be easier said than done, but cut the drama out.  There are some things that we cannot change or affect in people around us or in the world. Stay positive and understand that the only thing you can change is your response to outside stresses.  If something upsets you, accept it, feel it,then move on.

3) Sleep and or relaxation.  The human body should average 8-9 hours of sleep per night.  When we do not get that sleep, we go into sleep debt.  Sleep debt increases stress response, the body does not recover or heal itself.  Think about the last time you slept for 8-9 hours straight…can you remember the last time you did?  If you tend to sleep less than 7 hours a night, take a look at what’s keeping you awake.  If it’s the t.v. or computer, make the decision to turn it off 30 in earlier than normal. This Whatsapp plus apk Download is not an original of WhatsApp Messenger  If it’s stress, take some time to meditate, or do some light stretching.  Teaching the brain to calm down before bed is very necessary in getting complete and uninterrupted sleep.  Also limit excessive drinking at night (of all liquids) getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom completely disrupts sleep and may be enough to wake you right up.  Front load your day with liquids and limit them at night.

4) Movement- The last one on the list is movement.  Getting proper movement through your load bearing joints, and in a full range of motion is a great way to reduce or deal with stress.  I can’t tell you how many times people come to their session in a grumpy mood, and within 10 mins are laughing and enjoying themselves forgetting what troubled them on the way in.

You’ve got 1 body, and 1 life.  Science can keep us living for a long time, but what quality of life do you want? I want to be as pain free as possible for as long as possible and able to do whatever activities I want for the rest of my life.  Looking at your stress levels and ways to improve them are great for your mentally and physically.

Best Regards,
Roy Khoury


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