It is a well-known fact that your daily workout helps to fight stress, but the converse of this is also true. You may not be able to complete your workout successfully if you’re still pondering over stressors from your work or personal life. The mind and body work as a unit. So, if your brain is exhausted, your body may show exhaustion as well. This correlation can be explained by the fact that, the same region of your brain is affected by mental and physical fatigue. Every single woman, even if she is working or not, has so many issues from her day to day life that cause stress. But up to a certain degree that is normal and your workout helps you tackle those issues. But you are seriously sabotaging your fitness goals, if you are chronically stressed. It would be better to take some time off , if you’re going through a tough phase, as a workout with a tired brain, will not give you the results you are looking for. Let’s see what effects can stress have on your workout.
Effects Of Stress
Motor coordination impairment
The cerebellum is the area of the brain which controls balance and coordination of your body. When you are stressed , the informations processing by the cerebellum can be hindered. Thus, your motor control and hand- eye coordination takes a toll.
Risk Of Injury
You are more susceptible to injury while exercising, if you are under stress. Stress produces a feeling of anxiety and this in return affects your focus. Increased muscle tension is also associated with stress, which increases the risk of injury and slows down the process of muscle repair.
We all know how, from going through a break-up to having a bad day at work can easily bring down your spirits. Stress is a major motivation killer. On a bad day, the determination to do an extra rep of crunches goes right out the window. For great results in the gym, you do need to be pumped up and motivated every single day. But, people tend to slack off under stress, which is very unfortunate as we all know that exercise is a great stress buster.
Even though exercise itself is a form of acute stress, but this acute stress stimulates the change that makes your body stronger. But, if you hit the gym when you are already in a state of chronic stress, then your body will not be able to respond to the acute stress caused by working out. As all the essential resources will already had been used up due to chronic stress.
Disrupt Weight Loss
If you are going through some serious training to shed off that extra fat. Then being under stress while exercising, is not gonna take you closer to your goal. Stress can lead to weight gain and an increase in belly fat. Cortisol is a chemical which is produced at a faster rate , when one is under stress. Due to this more energy is stored as fat in the body.
Tools and Tips
Even though it is really hard to stay focused when you are really stressed. But if you don’t want to waste that workout , you will have to manage that stress through some mean or the other. Following are some tips that could help you out with stress management :-
Express your feelings to your loved ones, do not bottle up your thoughts as that would only lead to more stress.
Start your day with some meditation and yoga. This will not only help your mind to relax, but also built up a lot of core strength, which will help you out in your high-intensity workout session in the gym.
Listen to your favorite tunes, that always help to lift your mood.
Try and sleep early and wake up early, get those 8 hours of sleep. So that your body does not feel exhausted just as you start your day. A proper sleep cycle also helps to reduce stress in your life
So it just comes down to you being positive about your life and never giving up, stay focused , go to the gym even if you feel stressed, you can adjust the intensity if you want. But stay regular, eat right and most importantly stay happy.