THE POWER OF CALM
WHY UNDERSTANDING STRESS IS CRUCIAL FOR FITNESS PROFESSIONALS
(4 MINUTE READ)
STRESS IS NOT A 'FLUFFY' MENTAL CONCEPT
It's a physiological powerhouse affecting every system and process in the body.
Imagine this for a moment. You're walking calmly down the street, you turn the corner and a Rottweiler starts running at you snarling..
In less than a second, you will go from being calm, relaxed and focussed... to being half way down the street, heart racing, breath heaving... every muscle engaged to mobilise you. Your blood vessels constrict to divert blood to the muscles and away from your extremities to provide energy and reduce bleeding if you're injured. Your digestive, immune and reproductive systems shut down to conserve energy and your thought process goes from logical and strategic to defensive and reactive ... focussed only on protecting you from physical harm. Your blood swims in adrenaline to support the fight/flight response... and cortisol, which will hang around long after you are 'safe' to regulate inflammation and metabolic activity.
All this in less than a second! The stress response is beyond powerful. In fact, it is a massive physical response designed to be engaged powerfully for short periods (to get us out of physical danger) and then switched off so we can rest, regroup and recover.
Under constant stress our bodies start to break down... literally
The problem is... the stresses of the modern world rarely consist of Rottweilers attacking, or sabre tooth tigers for that matter. 21st Century stresses are more emotional and abstract... yet the response in our system is exactly the same. Perhaps not as intense, but identical in physiology. While modern stresses, most often, do not require a physical response, they prepare us powerfully for one at an enormous cost to the other essential systems and processes in the body. Modern stresses can be with us, to some extent, almost all the time, and the human body was never designed to be subjected constantly to the powerful effects of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. As a result, many of the chronic health issues we deal with today can be linked to the burden of a constantly engaged stress response . Stress scientists refer to this burden as allostatic load and many of your clients (and perhaps you too!) are straining under its weight.
Here are just a few ways stress affects key functions in the body
Digestion is one of the most energy hungry processes in the body so, when stressed, the body halts digestion and absorption to conserve energy for fight/flight. This is why your mouth goes dry, your stomach growls and you need to go to the toilet when stressed or anxious. Even your best efforts to eat well can be undone when many of the nutrients you consume are not absorbed... and simply pass through the system.
Stress is your body's alarm system... and what good is an alarm system that lets you sleep through it right?! When stressed your body is at a heightened state of 'alert'. Did you know that the stress hormone cortisol helps regulate your circadian rhythm? It is naturally at higher levels in the morning and lower levels at night. When you bring stress into bed with you at night it knocks your circadian rhythm out of whack and results in disturbed sleep patterns.
Every PT knows that overtraining can be counter-productive to building muscle mass. This is because, in search for more energy, the body starts to see muscle as food and starts to break it down. This process is known as gluconeogenesis and is driven by the stress hormone cortisol. Whether the cortisol is being produced by overtraining or by mental stress is irrelevant, high levels of it in the system are not conducive to healthy muscle development and repair.
When stressed the body receives a message to liberate energy for fight/flight. This results in spikes in blood sugar and an appetite that is random and hard to control. Today, however, stress is rarely associated with the need to expend more energy. In fact, clients are often sitting at a desk all day. Energy that is not consumed is stored, often as visceral fat, where it is easier for the body to liberate should it be required. This tendency towards dangerous visceral fat storage is also directed by stress hormones.
As a fitness professional understanding stress is not optional.
These are not just statistics. These are your clients, friends... and perhaps even yourself. A clear mind and calm balanced body is a powerful force for good health, wellbeing and performance. You might be surprised at what adding a little extra calm, clarity and balance to your training systems can achieve... and it's more simple and than you may think.
WANT TO START BRINGING SOME EXTRA CALM, CLARITY AND BALANCE TO YOUR TRAINING AND BUSINESS?
The Power of Calm - Professional E-Course is an accredited online course that will help you identify when stress is getting in the way of health, fitness or business goals. It will also teach you HOW you can start doing something about it today!
You will learn:
1. What stress actually is PHYSIOLOGICALLY, and how to identify it. 2. Why it affects almost every system and process in the body,
3. How you can start addressing it in a simple, scientific and effective way.
The program is used by health professionals all around the world and has been assessed and accredited by many peak bodies including Fitness Australia, NESA, NASM/AFAA and ACE.
*study commissioned by the health and wellness department of one of Australia's leading organisations in 2016.
WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING ABOUT THE POWER OF CALM ?
“As a driven entrepreneur, CEO, and coach to many successful health and fitness business owners across the world… I see the negative affects of stress taking their toll on too many every single day. That’s why I’m in full support of the Power of Calm program. It will give you strategies and education to perform at your best for yourself and others. If you’re in the health and fitness industry and not using this module for yourself or your clients yet, don’t delay. Get on it!”
Sean Greeley – CEO NPE COACHING
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HOW REDUCING STRESS CAN TAKE RESULTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
1. ADD FIRE TO TRAINING SESSIONS
2. BETTER WEIGHT CONTROL
3. OPTIMISE PERFORMANCE
4. ENHANCED RECOVERY
5. BE A BETTER TRAINER AND BUSINESS OPERATOR
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