Anyway, today I want to talk about something that will undoubtedly prevent you from burning fat and building muscle…
Now, I know there are people out there that seem to be totally immune to stress and are blessed with some sort of super power.
You know the ones…
* They build muscle by simply looking at a dumbbell.
* They happily function on 4 hours sleep per night. (Ewww!)
* They have a six pack even though they snack on chocolate and cake.
* They work super long days and yet stay totally zen.
* They know nothing about proper training structure or planning.
* This is NOT me. It’s probably not you either.
* Have stress prone tendencies – constantly over thinking, indecisiveness, getting in a flap about nothing.
* Have loads of stressors: A hectic job, family, debt, nagging partners, a baby, an annoying mother in law, a dog thats always sick, a horrible boss, a long commute, illness, no time off and no free weekends in the diary for the next 10 weeks.
* Low sleep
* A relentless desire to train hard, despite all of the above
When you put all of the above together, you create an environment that taxes the adrenal system to the point of potential problems.
We therefore need to take into consideration the tips I outline below, in order to make gains and avoid the burnout that comes from letting stress levels get out of hand.
Firstly, please know that ALL stress takes a toll on your system. Not just a physical stress like training. So…
* A stressful home life
* Work worries
* Road rage
* Money worries
* Low calories
* Too much coffee
All call on the adrenals and ask them to work, and to work hard. If you add too many of these stressors to the mix your body starts to breakdown and some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue start to show up. These symptoms may include:
* Fatigue in the morning
* Feeling wired at night despite being shattered all day
* Low energy
* Brain fog
* Low recovery rate
* Sugar cravings
If you experience some or many of these, chances are your stress load is too high.
So what this mean for you?
An over abundance of stressors in your life can (and will) contribute to problems along your hormonal axis. By this I’m talking about stress hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones etc…
As we’ve discussed before, these hormones play a critical role in your athletic performance as well as your day to day well-being.
So, if the stressors in your life continue, then over time you wind up with poor health, poor body composition, mood swings, energy issues and a general decrease in the quality of your life.
Now remember. Different people have different levels of stress tolerance. Depending on where you are on this scale depends how much more care you have to take in managing your stress load.
One important thing to remember for everyone however, is: The harder you train, the harder you need to chill.
Try and incorporate some of these stress deducting activities into your life:
* Deep breathing techniques
* Listening to mellow music
* Getting outside
* Seeing friends
* Getting 7-8 hours sleep per night
* Not watching the news
* Not comparing yourself to people you see on social media
* Supplementing with the highest quality vitamins, minerals and fish oil
* Black out blinds in your bedroom
* Going to bed at the same time and walking up at the same time each day
Get on top of your stress levels to improve your results in the gym.