Lifestyle Component #4
Life is one continuous cycle of Load and Recover Stress Dynamics. Our “Stress Response” is critical to the affect stress has on our performance and healthspan.
How do you respond to STRESS?
We would be remiss to leave this section out of our book. The ability to relax, concentrate & recover is critical to the sustained execution of the components of your NEW lifestyle and the absolute requirement of your optimal flow of energy.
Concentration, Relaxation, Recovery and Meditation is like an exercise- you can do it anywhere anytime to get yourself psychologically centered into a positive winning mindset.
Power 2 Learn is personal power to motivate and re-motivate your mind- to address life with a new variety of sustainable options.
Understanding your metabolism, how it works and how you can help your mitochondria do what they do- while minimizing inflammation and over oxidation.
It all starts and ends with a winning mindset capable of self motivation, the ability to relax under pressure and to meditate and recover.
These are learned components of PERSONAL POWER in your arsenal to deal with split second decisions in life.
If you have read and participated in our workbook, while taking time to listen to a few podcast episodes while you gently walk, hike, jog, run, swim, ride or paddle, then you have grown. You have empowered the cells of your body; you are altering your Mindset.
You are winning!
Each day brings a new opportunity to learn and with it a canvas to paint your own Lifestyle. Master your mindset. Here is the definition:
Dictionary.com definition of Mindset says it all:
“A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a
Person’s responses to and interpretations of situations”
How is your Current mindset working for YOU? _________________
It is never too late to change your state of mind; you can do it right NOW! It sounds trite but it is true, the glass is half full- NOT half empty. As a reader and listener of our programs, you are winning.
You are winning because you are LEARNING, and you are learning because you are seeking.
It is not hard to understand that by changing the components of your lifestyle, by reducing inflammation as measured by hs-CRP levels, whilst lowering free radical oxidation (ROS) you can dramatically improve your metabolic fitness for life.
You should find all this new empowerment enlightening, which in itself will improve your awareness and mindset.
Take tiny manageable steps.
Give yourself credit for each winning stroke of your own personal program.
Keep seeking and asking better and better questions.
Keep learning and you will be able to sustain metabolic fitness for life!
What is Stress?
Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues. By definition, stress is
“Any uncomfortable emotional experience, accompanied by
predictable, biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes."
Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams, work deadlines, life situations and competitions. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems.
How stress harms your health
Extreme stress can take a severe toll on our health. While we can overcome minor episodes of stress by tapping into our body's natural defenses to adapt to changing situations, excessive chronic stress, which is constant and persists over an extended period of time, can be psychologically and physically debilitating.
Do you let silent- chronic levels of stress grind at you day in and day out?
Unlike everyday stressors, which can be managed with healthy stress management behaviors, untreated chronic stress can result in serious health conditions including:
High blood pressure
Weakened immune system
Research shows that stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as:
Studies have suggested that unhealthy chronic stress management, such as overeating "comfort" foods, has contributed to the growing obesity epidemic.
According to the American Psychology Association (APA) 60% of Americans report that personal health concerns or health problems affecting their family are a primary source of stress. Yet, despite this concern 33% of Americans never discuss ways to manage stress with their healthcare provider.
Chronic stress can occur in response to everyday stressors that are ignored or poorly managed, as well as to exposure to traumatic events. The consequences of chronic stress are serious, particularly as it contributes to anxiety and depression.
People who suffer from depression and anxiety are at twice the risk for heart disease than people without these conditions. Research has shown that there is an association between both acute and chronic stress and a person's abuse of addictive substances.
Are YOU managing your stress?