I have been meaning to write this article for months....I take a lot of different classes in the community and this is by far the most common mistake I see amongst fitness/yoga enthusiasts. We are overtraining our abdominals and not in a good way.
We are such good humans, we listen and take direction very well, especially in a fitness/yoga class because there is a belief that if we do what they tell us to do we will look better, reach our goals, feel better about ourselves, fit into an outfit, or whatever your reason is for being there.
The problem is; that we often don’t assess whether these movements are right for our bodies. We don’t ask does this feel good? Is it working the right muscles, do I have pain in my body when performing this exercise. The reason for this is we all share a common belief: NO PAIN, NO GAIN. Hey, trust me, I am not gonna say this is BS, because in reality when you want to achieve a goal, perform a feat, or do something different, at the very least, you gotta g...
If your fitness goals require you to work harder this year than last and you are struggling to lose weight, then these goals might not be good for you.
Adrenal fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and busyness all go hand in hand. Adrenal fatigue is physical burnout at its finest. Your body is so overtaxed, its hormones have stopped working right. “You feel tired but wired. You crave sugar, similar to an addict. You grow a muffintop.” –Dr. Sara Gottfried
If this sounds like you...then take a look at the other symptoms from Gottfried’s list of Adrenal Fatigue:
* Anxiety, especially in stressful situations
* Emotional instability or excessive emotions
* Frequent screaming or yelling
* Confusion, difficulty with focus, under stress
* Poor resilience to stress – stress feels too much or unfair
n order to lose weight we were told to move more and eat less. So we all starved ourselves and slaved over our treadmills and bikes. Some of us lost weight, some of us got skinny fat and for others of us...it didn't do a damn bit of good.
Frustrated, we returned to our old eating patterns and remained dissatisfied with our bodies. Research is showing that it isn't how much, but what type of food we are eating.
Foods that promote hormonal balance allow our bodies to release excess weight and find a new set point. When we couple these hormonal happy meals with exercise, the weight begins to fall off.
Thank heavens and hear is the even better news...if we eat hormone happy meals, get cardiovascular exercise in shorter duration with higher intensity and lift weights....well, we change our lives!
1. Take a vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D improves your immune function and acts as a powerful antimicrobial
2. Decrease sugar intake. Sugar decreases your immune function. Research has shown that 2-5 hrs after ingesting sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose) it depresses the number of white blood cells that can kill germs by 50%. Sugar means candy, processed food, alcohol and soda
3. Rest. This is a powerful tool to use against germs and our modern day hustle and bustle would rather you didn't slow down, but take a pill to keep moving. Just slow down, sleep more- it's cheaper then the pills.
4. Exercise. This powerful potent drug😜 increases your immune system, decreases stress and helps improve sleep. Moderate exercise that is, not hardcore drop on the floor stuff.
5. Decrease stress- stress leads to lowered immune systems, which makes your body more susceptible for germs to attack.