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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.

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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.
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  • v EJOY-EVELYN
    May you live and breathe the good life with health and fitness a supportive element. I have confidence that you will overcome the obstacles that come your way.
    789 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2014 9:11:05 AM
  • v STRONGDAWG
    You can do this. Managing stress is very important to overall health, not just weight loss. Sleep is a big part of that. Make it your priority and it will be easier to resist pizza, to do your work outs, to handle the pettiness at work.
    791 days ago
  • v MOBYCARP
    The one major thing that article doesn't mention is getting enough sleep. In my life, high stress and insufficient sleep are correlated. When I get enough sleep, it's easier to keep stressful external events from driving up my internalized stress as much.

    Other than that, yeah, everything it said makes sense.
    795 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    "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." YES! And it affects the hormones ghrelin (the "I'm hungry" hormone is increased) and leptin (the "I'm full and satisfied" hormone is decreased) That means you wanna eat more -- and it's usually carbs!

    " . . . 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." YES! It not only is a stress reducer, but it increases the "feeling happy" endorphins.

    Stress is not an easy thing to manage for sure, but I have learned that we have to have lots of tools in the de-stressing box! Deep breathing and meditation are huge for me, besides exercising, getting enough sleep, proper nutrition.

    Good job!


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