LEARN TO LET GO: STRESS CAN DERAIL YOU FROM YOUR FITNESS GOALS
“Women have seen firsthand the toll that stress takes. They’ve traditionally paid a heavier price.”- Arianna Huffington, CEO, Thrive Global
Arianna Huffington, chief-editor and company president of Huffington Post Media and now turning into her latest business venture called Thrive Global has been constantly emphasizing about how to put the people on the path to healthy living. Her best-selling books Thrives and The Sleep Revolution have highlighted the Effects of Burnouts and Stress on Physical and Mental illness.
Global survey shows that the large proportion of people shares the experience that Huffington has described. Effects of Burnout are reaching to an epic proportion in many countries. To consider Burnouts as an emotional response to long hours or challenging jobs would be a fallacy. Scientific evidence shows that burnout is not just a state of mind, but a condition that leaves its mark on the human’s brain and body.
According to one of the articles by BBC News, our mental health involves our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it affects how we feel, think, and act. Research and study made by Royal College of Psychiatrists say that 5% of the population at any one time is affected by stress and anxiety which involves feelings of unease, fear, and worry.
What is Burnout?
Burnout is a state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and elongated stress. Burnout can cause a reduction in your productivity hence making you feel resentful and exhausted all the time.
How can Burnouts derail you from Fitness Goals?
Burnouts are caused by excessive stress. Stress affects the human body in a positive and negative ways. When a person is facing challenges continuously without any break in between builds the negative stress in a human body which can weaken your immune system, increase the of heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, neurological problems and high blood pressure.
Now, exercise and a balanced diet are vital for physical and mental fitness but the physical and mental fatigue caused by burnouts will make it difficult for you to concentrate on your workout routines and diet which will derail you from your fitness goals.
1. Burnout weakens your memory:
Stress affects the brain and weakens your working memory making it difficult to carry even simplest tasks. From athletes to fitness freaks, if your brain fails to process information, you will be feeling fatigue more quickly mentally and physically. And when you are not fit, you will not be able to carry your workout routine regularly.
2. It Increases your Muscle Tension:
Exposure to stress affects information processing in your cerebellum, a part of the brain which activates and coordinate the muscles. This process is known as Motor Control. Stress affects the motor control and weakens it which will increase the muscle tension. This hinders your physical performance, increases the risk of injury and slows down your tissue repairing capability.
3. It hinders your muscle growth:
Chronic stress and Burnouts affects the health in many ways. Adrenal Cortex released by stress increases the level of Cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone which impedes muscular repair and function, decreases the testosterone production, hampers protein synthesis, accelerates protein breakdown and hinders the muscle growth.
4. Affects your waistline:
The neuroendocrine system in our body is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, regulating reproduction, metabolism, eating and drinking behavior, energy utilization and blood pressure.
Burnouts disturb our neuroendocrine system. Cortisol released due to stress raises our blood sugar which boosts our cravings making us eat more and more. As well as it reduces the ability to burn fat, cause hormonal imbalance and raises our level of fats which will increase our belly fats.
How to Combat Burnouts?
If you feel that you are on the road of Burnouts, Don’t Panic! There are several ways which you can incorporate in your daily lives to combat burnouts.
Not going to the gym is a NO NO! Push yourself and work out regularly to maintain and eliminate stress out of your life. Not a Gym lover? Don’t worry. Running, Swimming, Body weight exercises, and other Aerobic exercises will also help you release your stress.
- Workout releases endorphins which act as natural painkillers and triggers the positive feeling in your body.
- A balanced diet will work as a cherry on your pie. Diet can assist you in the prevention of stress.
- Add proper supplementation in your diet because stress drains the required vitamins and minerals in our body. Vitamin B (thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin) are necessary for our metabolism. Glutamine will help your cortisol by supplying cortisol with blood glutamines.
“Living a balanced, healthy life leads to greater productivity and stronger results on personal as well as professional front. Data shows it and science proves it.”