How Stress Affects Health
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
For the last five years, I live and breathe health and fitness. My major in college was Exercise Science and love learning how our body responds to exercise. My last job (before my current) was working at the Y. My best friends are either weight loss success stories or fitness fanatics. My social media accounts are all about running and fitness. My life is health and fitness.
As we are often reminded through personal lessons, health is intertwined with other component. My personal lesson is stress. It is no state secret that my job for the last year has been stressful. Even through I have been working out and somewhat eating okay, I feel like I am still expanding everyday. I decided to check out physiology how stress affects my health. For your reference, here is the article that sums up what I found out pretty nicely.
Now it makes sense why I have gained 40# pounds almost instantly. According this article, I found three things that explains what I am experiencing. My stress causes my metabolism to slow down causing weight gain. Not only that, I have been super fatigued. I can't get enough sleep. Again, apparently prolonged stress alters one's blood sugar levels. Lastly, excessive stress is linked to admonial fat. My stomach has expanded the most in the last year. Basically, it is all related to my cortisol levels. High levels of cortisol levels means my body is stressed out. In turn this means, my body will slow down in metabolism, tired me out, and store fat.
This article actually helped me. I thought I wasn't doing good enough. But, I was always hungry, always stressed. Now, I have 8 weeks left of my current job and feel if I go back to personal training, I will be a better trainer. I will understand first hand that stress can hinder a client's progress. Instead of tracking calories and fitness, I think it would be more beneficial to focus on my stress levels. So, instead of trying to ignore my stress, I am going to try to DO something about my stress. Basically, this means working out regularly and a lot, lol. I will probably do a lot deep breathing.
I do have high hopes that I will be able to drop weight when I leave this stress behind. I can't say why or how but I have had a personal experience that validates this for me. Super excited for my next chapter of my life.