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I know this story right…….
You’ve got everything dialled in, you're training hard you're eating clean but you're not getting the weight loss you feel you should be. There may be an under lying factor and that's stress. Yep, this small thing alone is a big deal and will hold you back in your quest for weight loss.
Check out this article from Urban Fitness Sandycove on how we can manage stress by using the gym as a mindfulness experience which can kick start your body to begin its attack on weight loss.
Training & Stress
Yes, training in actual fact can be a stressor on the body, but what if the stress outside of the gym made the stress in the gym feel like a two week cruise in the Bahamas?
Would it not be a form of stress relief then?
It's all case specific but from personal experience training can be a mindfulness practice that in actual fact is clinically proven to relieve stress.
Another example is meditation which is also brilliant at alleviating stress but that's a matter for a different post.
I know when I'm in the gym I'm not thinking about anything else except the task at hand and that can be a welcoming break from the rigours of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong I love my life but we all have bad days and some days can be worse than other and that's just the roller-coaster ride were all on.
So the next time your feeling a bit down or under the weather instead of going home to bury your head in a pillow, with a tub of ice cream and 10 pre-recorded episodes of whatever shit soap you're wasting your time watching at the moment. Hit the gym and take it out on the iron…….
Get under a heavy squat, pick something heavy up off the floor, put something heavy over your head, push something heavy, play with some kettlebells or hit a bag, it doesn’t matter what your doing what matters is your not thinking about the shitty day, week or month you're having, and that's therapy!!!
Also without boring you with the endocrinological science of it all, the hormones that are released whilst training are acutely related to happiness in human beings. Training in general whether male or female makes you feel like a f#ck*ng rockstar.
Put this into practice, watch the magic happen and leave the stressors of this difficult life behind for the gym to deal with.
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