Pay it forward or pay it back
Why working out during times of stress is a good idea
“I can’t. I’m too stressed.”
“Now is not a good time.”
“There is too much going on.”
How many times have you said this to yourself? Why do we convince ourselves there is a perfect, magical moment when everything will align, and the universe will coddle us into our workout routine with ease and grace? The short answer … we ALL have a bit of crazy in us.
Whether your particular brand of stress is self-inflicted or imposed is somewhat irrelevant because at some level, stress is stress is stress.
The problem is prolonged anxiety and stress erode and deteriorate the exact functions we are trying to preserve and protect. As Kaia girls, we want to have excellent mental acuity, a sharp memory, an effective digestive system, glowing skin, strong muscles, and an overall nourished body.
Unfortunately, unchecked stress on your runaway crazy train will undo everything you work so hard to build in a flash. Stress is linked to mental fog, sleep disruptions, poor digestion, weight gain, muscle breakdown, and a weakened immune system, just to name a few, which is not even touching on the serious, chronic health conditions linked to stress that are far more difficult to reverse!
A journalist for GQ magazine even uncovered research regarding stress that suggests your body can become so accustomed to chronic stress that you can experience withdrawal symptoms during times of low stress. Are you KIDDING ME?!?! Checkmate.
So what can you do?
The solution is simple – both fortunately and unfortunately. Fortunate because it is easy to begin without a lot of fanfare, but unfortunate because easy solutions are often forgotten about or haphazardly dismissed.
Here is it: You need to have a habit of fitness…and there’s no better way to do that than at Kaia FIT South Reno where you have an exclusive group of women rallying behind you and supporting you.
You have a choice in terms of your body and your health. You can pay now or you can pay later, but either way – you’re going to pay. There is a dizzying amount of information about the benefits of exercise. In a recent article by Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, The Incredible Medicine of Movement, he highlighted all the benefits including lower medical costs, sounder sleep, and a decrease in your overall risk for developing many chronic health conditions. The article also pointed to a recent study published by the American Cancer Society indicating an individual’s risk for at least 13 types of cancers was reduced with regular exercise including colon, breast, endometrial, esophageal, liver, stomach, kidney, multiple myeloma, and myeloid leukemia, as well as cancers of the head and neck, rectum, bladder, and lung (in current and former smokers).
But Dr. Metzl’s advice was blissfully simple. “Get moving, keep moving, and don’t stop.”
We are poor prognosticators when it comes to predicting how our daily rituals will affect the outcome of our long term health. Essentially, we tend to err on the side of risk, and assume our small decisions do not compound exponentially into the mosaic of our life.
Reduce your stress. Move your body every day. Choose to be healthy. Be a Kaia Warrior.