How stress impacts us; and how to stop it…
A client noticed that as he got older, his stomach wasn’t quite as flat and taut. In fact he started to get a little sloppy and even protruded a little, even though he was exercising and eating healthy.
He found out that his stress may have been contributing to his paunch. And yes, drinking alcohol to feel better contributed to the problem.
Chronic stress robs parts of the brain and muscles of glucose (their energy source) due to insulin resistance by cortisol, a hormone released when you’re stressed. When you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, you’re body becomes insulin resistant and tries to store calories in the form of fat, especially around your abdomen.
So, even though you may be trying to be healthy, you’re body is still trying to store fat if you’re constantly stressed. What’s the solution?
Exercise. Yep, get up and move. That can break the chronic stress cycle. The mind and body thrive with movement.
Studies show that exercise is as effective as antidepressants for anxiety and depression, which can result from stress.
Feel better instantly by getting up and moving, anywhere, now.
Peter K MS, PT is an International Health Coach, Nutritionist, Physical Therapist, Speaker and Author. He’s appeared on ABC, FOX, MSN, TLC, Blogtalkradio and in Fitness magazine. He’s the creator of the 5 Minutes to Fitness+ Program & Online Club, a revolutionary lifestyle program for achieving optimal health, which has been featured on QVC and FOX, For more information visit http://www.peterkfitness.com .