December 15, 2017 Team CFR

Let’s Talk About Stress Baby

By: Coach Sammie

I was sent this video earlier this week and I think it does a great job breaking down the effects exercise has on mental stress (both good and bad) and the effects mental stress can have on your exercise. If you don’t have time to check out the video here is a quick synapsis of what it shows:

EFFECTS OF EXERCISE ON MENTAL STRESS

  1. Positive effects through moderate exercise
    1. releases endorphins
    2. increase self esteem/calmness
    3. decrease depression/anxiety
  2. Negative effects through excessive exercise
    1. negative mood shifts
    2. decrease appetite
    3. increase depression

EFFECTS OF HIGH MENTAL STRESS ON EXERCISE

  1. Decrease lean mass
  2. Decrease progress in heavy lifts
  3. Decrease recovery
  4. Increase soreness
  5. Decrease energy
  6. Increase fatigue

GENERAL ADAPTATION SYNDROME: the body has a general reserve in which our stressors tap into which signal our body to adapt and better respond to our stressors. If we have constant stressors (both mental and physical)  tapping into our reserve then eventually our reserve will run out and we will fail to respond to our stressors.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT STRESS?

  1. Eliminate unnecessary stressors (ex: negative people, alcohol)
  2. Avoid unhealthy eating habits
  3. Implement mind-body interventions (ex: mediation, prayer, yoga)
  4. Strive for high quality sleep
  5. Take breaks from intense exercise when stress is high
  6. PREVENTION IS KEY! (keep an eye on your mood and performance. Deal with your stressors before they get worse)

YOU WANT PHYSICAL GAINS? THEN FOCUS ON YOUR MENTAL GAINS!

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