All four pillars of fitness are vital to having successful results with training. The one pillar overlooked most is stress management. It’s critical for success, because of all the hormonal impacts it has, in addition, to the other physical impacts. I wanted to talk about stress in this nutrition post because of the link between stress and binge eating.
There is constant stress in our lives. Bills, work, relationships and other forces all seem to have increased in life. Therefore, it’s important to find ways to handle the stress. Working out is a great way to deal with stress; however, most people let this go due to the demanding schedule, and even stress itself.
When you’re under pressure, your nervous system responds to stress by releasing stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Chronic stress impacts several of the body’s major systems, including the cardiovascular, endocrine, and nervous systems. During times of mental stress, the mind and body can amplify each other’s distress signals, creating a vicious cycle of tension and anxiety. Stress does take its toll on the body.
Diet and exercise are effective in improving health and feelings. Exercise causes chemical and hormones, such as endorphins and serotonin, to improve the mood and deal with stress. In addition, it increases blood circulation in the brain which also improves mood.
If you’re extremely stressed out, working out will take your mind off your stress for a few minutes. It’s like my meditation. In addition, at Pat’s Gym we focus on teaching you how to breath to relieve stress or how to think while in a stressful situation. What I have found is intense exercise causes a deep sense of relaxation and optimism.
My advice is not to make changes too quickly. This will generally lead people to become frustrated, and disappointed. I recommend making changes slowly and thoughtfully based on knowledge, which will allow you to sustain these changes.
Because this is a nutrition blog, I want to emphasize how effective eating well is in dealing with stress. When stress hits, generally we all crave carbs and sugar. However, the effects of bad food are gaining weight. Also, studies have shown that diets high in saturated fats and processed foods are associated with poorer mental health.
Studies have shown that people who eat well, are more able to deal with stress. In addition, it helps the mood.
Stress is really bad in that it accentuates the negative habits we have. People tend to smoke or drink alcohol to calm stress. However, this will have a negative impact on our body, such as causing inflammation and insulin/cortisol to be released. Also, stress normally impacts sleep, which causes the stress to increase and to negatively impact our ability to deal with stress.
Therefore, it’s important to deal with stress. Don’t avoid it, but don’t dwell on it. Working out is a great way to deal with it, and the way we deal with it at Pat’s Gym will help you deal with it in real life. Also, at Pat’s Gym we stress nutrition. Don’t let stress, negatively impact how you eat. That will cause more stress, have a negative impact on your body, and lower your ability to deal with stress. Let us at Pat’s Gym help you.