Stressed Out?

Are you like many people who just feel stressed out a lot?  Do you work in a fast-paced job?  Do you struggle to find time to keep up with all of your responsibilities?  I know sometimes I feel crunched for time and I don’t even have kids yet!  I think it’s very common today for people to feel stressed out, but have you ever thought about how it could affect your health and weight?

From what I’ve read and what I’ve seen, stress can be very detrimental to your health, and can really make it tough to see great results from a program like P90X or Insanity.  From my experience, stress can affect people in different ways.  For some people, when they get stressed out, they lose their appetite.  They don’t feel hungry, so they eat very little, and can often lose weight.  But it’s not a healthy way to lose the weight, and it can lead to lower energy levels as well.  I know this can often be the reaction of people who feel overwhelmed or stressed out for a long period of time.

Another way stress affects people, and does not lead to weight loss, is that it releases a hormone called cortisol into your blood stream.  Cortisol is actually nicknamed the “stress hormone” because when your body secretes it when you are in a stressful situation.  In the short-term it actually helps your body respond to stressful situations, but when you are experiencing prolonged periods of stress, it can have detrimental affects to your health.  Not only can it elevate your blood pressure, but it also can lead to your body storing more abdominal fat than it should.  Abdominal fat is often linked to serious health problems like heart disease, so you can see that his is not a good thing.  Chronic stress can often lead to emotional eating as well which is incredibly detrimental to you seeing great results.

It could be the reason you’re having trouble getting your abs to show.  You could be eating right and doing the workouts, but if you’re experiencing chronic stress, it could really be affecting your results, especially when it comes to getting that 6-pack that so many people want.

So no matter how you react or how your body reacts, chronic stress can really be a problem that hurts your health.  Thankfully, one of the best ways to relieve stress is through exercise.  So if you’re really stressed out, pushing play every day can go a long way to helping you relax and reduce the symptoms of stress.  If you’re stressed out, one of the best things you can do is make sure you get your workout in, even if you might be tempted to skip.  It’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, which can go a long way to relaxing your body.  And if that’s not enough, many people reduce stress through prayer, mediation, or breathing techniques.

I know we’re all busy, but take time to analyze your day and see what’s stressing you out.  If your conscious of what makes you stressed out, you can really be prepared and not let those situations catch you off guard.  And if you’re doing P90X, please don’t skip Yoga X!  That is the best workout in the line-up to combat that stress!

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Aaron
Aaron

also stress make you impatient....it make u think u been workout hard and bring it every time u did the workout....but u dont see the result and u will quit the workout program.....so stick with the program.....it will give u a good result....round 1 dont see the good result go for round 2.....tony didnt ask you after 90 days than u can have cheese burger

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