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16 November, 2017
I hear this all the time from clients – “I am not stressed” yet they seem to be suffering the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, increased abdominal fat, elevated heart rate and blood pressure.
Stress is a very complex topic that we at Studio41 have learned to respect and after years of studying it are still learning. However here are the take homes.
Your body has one stress response, so if you are psychologically stressed or you are running along the side of the beach thinking happy thoughts – either way YOU ARE STRESSED. Exercise is a stress!! When you exercise, you put yourself into a stressed state so that you can benefit form the recovery (hopefully by having good sleep). But at the time of running: Your heart rate is elevated. Your digestion is being impaired so you can prioritise blood flow. Your blood pressure will go up so you can pump blood faster.
This is the very definition of a stress response. So when our corporate clients come to see us, often lacking sleep, (this is the fastest way to put your body into a stress response – 3 nights of lack of sleep and you will have an elevated heart rate) we have to be very careful of how hard we push them. Because most people associate stress with psychological stress they believe that they are not stressed. However our personal trainers here at Studio41 have learned that there are many forms of stress.
Because their are more cortisol receptors on the stomach than anywhere else, often putting weight on the mid section can be a sign of chronic stress. So helping these clients to lose weight isn’t just about exercise. Exercise is a piece of the puzzle but so is sleep, hormonal imbalances, gastro intestinal stress (leaky gut) and inflammation. It is only when we take all these things into account do we get the results we are famous for here at Studio41.