Could stress be adding to your weight gain? Studies have shown that stress plays a major role in body fat.
When we are stressed our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. In short burst cortisol; promotes fat burning, increase energy and focus. Which is great if we are running away from a bear or fending off rattlesnakes. However, if we are under constant stress, cortisol levels remain elevated. The effects of prolonged exposure to elevated cortisol are; increased appetite, increase blood sugar levels, and increase fat storage.
The end result being that constant stress makes it difficult for our bodies to let go of excess body fat. That is why I want to show you three simple exercise techniques that will help lower your stress while building muscle.
Before explaining the exercises, it is necessary to spend some time on breathing technique. Controlled breathing can help keep your body and mind functioning at its best. During these exercises the goal is to maintain control of your breathing. To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four — all through the nose.
Deep breathing is a simple front line of defense when it comes to reducing stress. Try to incorporated controlled breathing into your daily routine.
Here we are going to combine deep breathing with three exercises you can do in the office.
Next time you feel the stress building take a moment to relax and get some movement. Until next time good luck and happy breathing.
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