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Could stress be the reason you’re not losing weight?

STRESS MAY BE HOLDING YOU BACK IN YOUR FAT LOSS EFFORTS

One of the things that I love the most about my job is that I am able to grow through talking to so many different people. One of the things that I discuss the most is stress.

What people do not realise, is that this is something that everyone experiences. Even when you think they do not.

Stress management is a big part of personal training, and lowering stress levels is a topic I talk to my clients about frequently.

Our routines are very important in lowering stress, and the stress hormone Cortisol. High levels of stress and cortisol can reduce the ability for you to have quality sleep, it affects hormone regulation, and it can stop you entering that fat burning state that you want to achieve from exercising.

When your routine contributes towards stress, then that 1 hour of exercise you have done has an uphill struggle on it’s hands.

The exercise is the easy part.

Yes, exercise will help reduce stress levels. It will improve hormones responsible for motivation, happiness, and improve sleep quality but when your routine is contributing to your state of stress, these positive results are short lived.

As a coach it is my job to talk through barriers to progress. There are always tactics we can employ to help us move forward. Stress is one barrier. Nutrition might be another. I can teach anyone how to squat, but the real rewards come from improving the way we think. If you can make stress your friend then you have won. There will always be stress.

Tips for reducing the effects stress have on your body:

1: TRY NOT TO ASSOCIATE TRAINING WITH STRESS
Training needs to be for you. As soon as it becomes stressful then it’s contributing to the problem. Make sure that it works for you by having someone look after the complexity of your training plan. Make sure that you are prioritising your time. Know that you’ve got your slot each week and that the time is for you.

2: BE IN YOUR BLISS
Take time out in your day for you. This can be 5 minutes. It can be 30 minutes. Walk the dogs without your phone. Have a bath with excessive bubbles. Train. I go to the coffee shop and for a short time I read my book with a black americano, and my mobile is on airplane mode. That time is for me and I disconnect from stress. If you go to sleep and you aren’t able to disconnect from stress, you are still going to be carrying that stressed state the next day, and the next.

How many times have you woken up from 8 hours sleep, feeling tired?

3: PREPARE FOR THE WEEK
Prepare food if you have a hectic day. Make sure you know when you’re able to train. Mark out days in the diary for your personal training. Mark out times in the day when you’re going to disconnect. Make note of when you’re going to prepare for that meeting. Most of the time when we are stressed, we feel out of control. Stay in control by knowing what the next step is.

Acknowledge your stress. Acknowledge what you can and can’t change. Then take steps to changing what you can. Start by getting some quality training in the bank.

Improve your capacity for stress.