Stress can be seen as a negative thing.
It causes disease and mental breakdown and a lot of problems.
It also causes change.
It gives you a reason to adapt.
If you are always comfortable then you don’t have a need to change.
One of the reasons people exercise is to stress the body and mind to make a change.
If someone works a 9-5 they aren’t really interested in, and they are addicted to the gym, it’s because they need the right type of stress in their life.
The gym is an outlet.
Issues start to happen when stress pops up in all areas of your life.
A workout is stressful, that’s a good thing.
You leave, relax, eat, sleep and repeat.
The body adapts and you come back better over time.
If you are exposed to too much stress, or workout too often and too hard (competitive bodybuilders), you will see burn out.
That’s called General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS).
It happens in stages.
Stage 1 – Alarm or reaction stage. You create a stimulus for the body to respond to.
Stage 2 – Resistance. The body tries to return to normal.
Stage 3 – Exhaustion. The body breaks down because it can’t recover.
A little stress is good.
A little stress for a little longer isn’t too bad.
A little stress, all the time, will take you to exhaustion.
So while some stress is positive, you can have too much of a good thing.
Like so many areas in life to be successful, you have to have a balance.
I always tell clients that you have one energy pot and life is demanding a little piece from it all the time.
If you have lofty fitness goals and a job that requires a lot of mental and physical capacity then something has to give.
You either be more sensible in your fitness pursuits or you back off on the work.
This doesn’t mean you have to compromise, it just means you have to manage your life as a whole.
Rarely does 1 workout effect that 1 hour you train.
It can have a negative effect with a compromised immune system and lots of other issues if you push too far.
If you are sensible, you can take 1 step back to take 2 forwards.
Think about the race between the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race.
Fabio (slightly stressed) Bonanno
Fabio is a health and wellness coach that changes business mens life without sacrificing the things they love.