I recently read an article that discussed the effects of anxiety and stress on eating habits. It is well known that some of us are emotional eaters. However, this article argued that men deal with being overwhelmed physically, while women turn to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. While I am not so sure emotional eating is gender specific, the answer seems obvious–put down the spoon and go to the gym.
Easier said than done though..how many of us find ourselves mindlessly munching when things feel like they are out of our control? In order to break these habits, we have to learn to become aware of our emotions and recognize symptoms of anxiety early on.
The cerebral cortex elicits the release of dopamine, delivering a sense of pleasure and reward. This response focuses the attention of the individual so that the behavior is repeated.* In other words, these learned behaviors, that evolved to promote survival, have taken a turn for the worse. If we can trick our minds by changing the neurological reward to say exercise, then we can begin to change these learned habits.
Can’t get to the gym? Do five-ten minutes of lunges, squats, push ups, planks, and crunches. Go for a walk. Climb a few sets of stairs. If feel yourself starting to become overwhelmed with work, school, or a relationship, take a moment to assess the signals, and refocus.
*Discovery Channel- Neuroscience Psychology
No matter how defeated you may feel in life, be it a new goal, work, school, a friendship, or a relationship…remind yourself that some people have grit and some people don’t. You DO. You don’t let anything or anyone break you. You let yourself feel pain and disappointment, you let the tears cleanse your soul, but then you pull yourself together and you use it as fuel.
Grit** perseverance and passion; indomitable character; courage and resolve; strong self-will
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
My mantra for tonight. Tomorrow is a new day!
I’m not going to lie, I am one of the rare breed of people who hears their alarm and jumps out of bed. However, I do have those days when faced with another hour of sleep or the treadmill, all I want to do is roll back over. Considering I prefer am workouts, there are some mornings every muscle on my body aches and I ask myself how do you know when you’re too sore, tired, and drained to workout? And when do you know to be suck it up, lace up, and go? So I did some research.
Unless your muscles are throbbing or you completed a long, strenuous physical activity in day before, man up. Being sore is part of exercising and is a sign that the body is adapting and changing, which for many of us is the motivating factor behind the hours we slave in the gym. Studies indicate that moderate exercise actually aids in recovery by increasing blood flow, releasing endorphins which eases pain, and keeps us on track!!
I have always advocated rest days to friends and now clients. However, I find myself struggling to take them myself. I think this is partly due to the fact that exercise is my anti-anxiety drug and therapy session. To put it bluntly, it keeps me sane. I am always doing ten things at once and on days that I don’t exercise, I find myself anxious and overwhelmed. HOWEVER, it is important to know your body and to be able to determine when enough is enough. Self-discipline and self-will won’t help you when overtraining leads to injury. On rest days, take a walk or bike ride. Get those muscles warm and keep moving!!!
Happy Monday!! Have a happy, healthy week!!
Core strength is the root of all strength.
<blockquote>From a girl with body image issues to a young woman pursuing a career in nutrition and fitness. Who would of thought? I never post pictures of myself on here but I am so proud of how far I have come. Nourish your body!! Love yourself!!<blockquote>