When functioning well, our body balances between our calm and stressful states of being. .
🧘🏽♀️“Rest and digest” is when we are calm, our bodies are resting, recovering and growing, and our body can properly digest and absorb the nutrients from our food. 🥊“Fight or flight” as you may know it, is the body’s Sympathetic state, a state of stress. Not all stress is bad, but when our stress levels are high for an extended amount of time it becomes a problem. We want to enter a beneficial stress (e.g. a workout which allows us to change and grow) then immediately get out of this state afterwards and return to a parasympathetic state post workout so that we can start to rest and recover. ️The problem is that the world is a stressful place and a lot of people are constantly in a sympathetic state. If you don’t know how to deal with everyday stresses (luck of sleep, work, over-training, moving, relationship issues, financial troubles, social media, poor food choices, poor body image etc...) they can easily build up. Both physical and emotional stress can cause your body to think it’s in danger, and when it does so stress hormones are released into the blood stream to create adaptations (e.g. building muscle, burning fat) so yes a small amount of stress is good. Although like most things in life, we need a good balance. Constantly elevated stress hormones is when problems arise, this can cause problems such as mood disorders, impaired thyroid function (regulates our metabolic rate) and poor nitrogen balance (muscle protein synthesis). .
In all aspects of life being a hard worker is great 🏼 but to constantly continue working you need to also rest and recuperate. You don’t expect to beable to drive a car when the tank is empty right? Then don’t expect to beable to continue to work, grow and flourish if you don’t let your body rest. ¿So how do we get our bodies into a parasympathetic state? Basically anything that CALMS you. Everyone’s different. But a great one to practice post training session is slowed deep breathing: inhale for a count of 3, hold for 3, exhale for a count of 3, then repeat 10 times. Continued in comments... - 41 minutes ago