Stress

Stress Bucket

Stress

Often times, members will see exercise as reducing stress. However, depending on how you exercise, it can be add or reduce stress to your overall load.
Sometimes, we prefer the term nervous system manager as oppose to coach at times. After all, that’s all physical training is, stress. Depending on the factors inside of the training such as intensity and volume, the body either perceives a different amount of stress.
Regardless how good you feel following a training session, you are applying stress, period. The magnitude of that stress can vary dramatically, and many other factors are often important (life, work, nutrition, sleep, environment, etc).
Think of your stress as a bucket. You have your baseline priorities, relationships, work, nutrition, and one you voluntarily add in, physical training. You only have so much you can handle in a 24 hour period. Now since you can’t (or shouldn’t?) get rid of your family, quit your job, or change the length of a day, we need to watch for ‘spill-over.’ This means, when one area becomes more demanding, another area has to change, or our buckets get overfilled, resulting in irritability, lack of sleep, changes in emotional intelligence, decision making, recovery, and many more biological changes ( this response is great for acute short-lived situations, not chronic. This response is also why people love coffee, it triggers the same areas – fun fact). This is most often termed as “life-balance.” Keeping your balance in check is a great way to continue making healthy, sustainable progress.
Here are a couple of ways to keep your balance in check:
  • meditate
  • breathing exercises
  • low-intensity exercise
  • eat quality food
  • eat enough food
  • get plenty of sleep
  • laugh a lot!
Remember that if you’re feeling worn out base on your day this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise but you don’t want to be doing something that is going to destroy you. The ideal in that situation would be to move blood around and get a light sweat going.
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