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Exercise and Cortisol

Exercise is a stress to the body. It is disrupting the equilibrium of your body, which your body interprets as stress. This means exercise will spike cortisol.

Chronically elevated cortisol will result in problems in your body, as I discussed earlier. However, studies show that regular exercise can improve your stress response, even though it acutely spikes cortisol acutely or right away. 

So the answer is not to stop exercising all together. The answer is to figure out how to dose exercise so that your body responds favorably. 

A common thing I've been told from my Evlo members is that they work out less frequently and intensely with my program, and yet they see more desirable changes in their bodies. 

This change happens partly because of the exercise selection we are choosing - we are intentionally choosing exercises that load the muscles in the most effective ways with minimal joint stress. That results in better muscle adaptation with less painful joints. But it...

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Top 3 workout mistakes for weight loss

Often, the first change someone makes when they want to lose weight is to start exercising. Although exercise can complement weight loss, it isn't the primary factor that influences long-term weight loss. Nutrition is about 80% of the equation for weight loss, as exercise doesn't burn as many calories as we think it does. The phrase "you can't outrun your fork" is very true.

 

However, exercise can complement clean nutrition when it comes to weight loss or weight maintenance. 

 

Today, I'll discuss common mistakes with exercise and how to use exercise as a tool for overall fitness and health.

 

First, health and fitness are not necessarily linear. Many times fitness can be at the sacrifice of our overall health. Workouts that are high-impact or highly repetitive can improve fitness, but at the sacrifice of our joints, hormone balance, etc. So although we may be and look more fit, the health consequences can eventually rear their ugly head and cause adrenal...

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