Hormones are incredibly complex, and it's difficult to talk about one hormone without talking about other cascading hormones. Today, I want to break down what cortisol is, what can happen if you have too much of it and how to tell, and my recommendations on how to keep it in check.
Before we begin, remember that this is not medical advice, and to seek advice from your doctor or functional medicine practitioner if you are having severe issues. This post is for informational purposes only.
If you feel like you're doing everything right - putting in work at the gym, you're trying to eat less, and still not seeing results - it could be because of cortisol imbalance. Often, too much exercise and too little eating can have the reverse effects that you're hoping for because they can mess with your cortisol and hormonal balance.
One of my goals, which I hope is evident by my content, is to encourage people to get away from the damaging "grind yourself into the ground if...
There are many "givens" in the fitness and physical therapy world, and as someone who is seeking to help others, it's important to continually challenge those norms. I do this with my own philosophies constantly - I'm always looking for different angles, and I often prove myself wrong. That's the beauty of this industry. It's changing as we learn more about science, the body, and the brain.
To that end, I want to apply an analytical lens to norms about the "core." I always challenge my clients that if they aren't getting the results they want - either because they are in pain or because they do not see progress, it might be a good time to re-evaluate your routine and beliefs. `
The "core" is a common term used in the fitness world, but it has various definitions and isn't very specific. In this post, I'll often use the word "trunk," which refers to all the muscles in 360 degrees surrounding your spine.