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Want to be fitter and slimmer? Stress less

Want to be fitter and slimmer? Stress less

Stress is your enemy when it comes to healthy living. Sure, when it comes to meeting deadlines, and being in competition, a little is good for us. But de-stressing on a daily basis is really important.

Being anxious and stressful has a whole host of knock on effects which are bad for your health.

When you’re stressed you snack more, generally as a source of comfort, and snacking as we all know is bad for the waist-line.

When we get stressed, the body produces adrenaline – this hormone increases food cravings, so it’s no wonder we keep reaching for the biscuits when under pressure.

Too much stress can also be totally overwhelming, and that feeling de-motivates us. When you’re stressed it’s easier to just hide yourself away feeling like everything’s too much. It’s less likely that you’ll do something productive like go to the gym or even just head out for a walk.

Physical stress, when you are exercising, is actually a good thing for your body as it helps you to get fitter. But when you are already dealing with mental stress, your workout becomes less effective. At times of great mental stress you are more likely to hurt yourself physically at the gym because you are not prepared for the workout, and a lack of sleep will also inhibit your recovery time.

It’s all very well saying stress is bad when it comes to your health and wellbeing, but how are you going to get it under control?

Here are a few tips to help you along the path to less stress:

  1. Take two minutes each day to do absolutely nothing. It’s harder than it sounds. It means no phone, no checking emails, no anything. Just be still, in a comfortable position and relax.
  2. Practice meditation. Many people swear by different types of meditation. Essentially it’s about clearing your mind and finding a space in which you can be restful.
  3. Prepare for good sleep. Sleep is so important so make sure you get it right. Try a hot bath before bed, and sprinkle some lavender oil on your pillow. Also ensure the room is fully dark.

Now...... breathe!

 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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