Today I want to give you some ideas of how to exercise when you’re stressed. We know that exercise can be stress-reducing, but it can also contribute to stress, spiraling the issue. I think a lot of people also avoid moving altogether when they’re stressed because they think they need to have an intense session or why bother.
However, I’m a firm believer that the better you are at dipping and diving through the obstacles of your life instead of staying rigid, the better your life will be. And, dare I say, the better your health will be. Inevitably, we’re going to go through stressful times. It’s about recognizing when you’re in one and adapting accordingly.
Today I’ll talk about:
My most common client looks like this:
They are fit, and exercise is a priority.
They like to work out super hard, and motivation is not an issue.
They don't often take breaks or feel guilty when they do.
They don't feel like they did enough unless they're completely exhausted and dripping in sweat.
Their body hurts.
They are fatigued and frustrated.
They've plateaued, declined, or aren't seeing results at all.
They are overtraining.
Overtraining is a systemic phenomenon that affects your entire system, including your immune system, nervous system, endocrine system (hormones), and musculoskeletal system (joints). Overtraining is different from overuse in that overuse is more specific, usually describing one area or muscle group (you can find out what muscles you're overusing in this free assessment I wrote), where overtraining affects all the systems in your body.
I see overtraining in my clients all the time. They are frustrated...