Turn ON Your Fitness Performance By Turning OFF Your Stress!
In my experience dealing with hundreds of busy professionals, on-the-go moms, and both men and women who have no idea what the "9 – 5" work week even is, I have learned that we as humans are pretty good at going from 0 to 60 but we are TERRIBLE at going from 60 to 0!
One of the things I work with my clients on is to actual practice "turning off". There are certain factors within life we have little to no control over. We are daily going to get hit with deadlines, tasks, phone calls, etc. and being busy people isn't always bad. I find that busy people actually get things done! But when we stay too long in that mode is when we start seeing the side effects happen.
Here is an example: If you suck in your gut right now and try to breathe you will immediately feel it in your chest. It's that short, shallow breathing that we do when we are in major rush mode. This "stress breathing" creates an increase in cortisol levels, wrecks our other hormone levels from being optimal, and causes a host of pelvic dysfuntions and poor performance in fitness.
Stress and tension on your spine, around your ribs, and poor posture can prevent the diaphragm from doing its job.. If we repeat this broken, motor pattern of breathing over 10,000 times a day it's hard to change!!
Tips For Turning OFF:
During the day take a moment throughout the day to do some deep diaphragmatic breathing. 2 full seconds on the inhale, 4 seconds on the exhale.
At the end of the day, spend some time doing some self-massage, foam rolling, or other compression work to send the signal to your body that it's "off" time.
Also, reading a book, taking a hot bath, or stretching all helps to trigger this parasympathetic response that allows our body to get into better breathing, less "fight or flight" state and to turn OFF.
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