Training is a physical stress. Yes, physical stress in small amounts can and usually is a benefit to our bodies. But what about psychological stress, do we see this as a good or a bad stressor?
Although you may be able to tell the difference between ‘good’ stress and ‘bad’ stress, your body cannot. Think about your day today, did you encounter any type of emotional stress? Did you then exercise intensely? I get it; you use exercise to relieve stress, we all do. But at what point do we give our bodies time to recover? Our bodies unfortunately cannot, in terms of physical demand, deal with this amount of stress and hence you start straining your body.
Time and time again we see clients getting frustrated with their bodies: not performing correctly, not looking the way they want, the list goes on. Why? Because their bodies have not been able to recover properly. How you recover all depends on your allostatic load; my what??
Allostatic load refers to the accumulated wear and tear (stress) your body is exposed to repeatedly. Basically all of the stress that life...more
Our bodies are more than just muscle and fat, so why do we always get caught up in trying to change this? Is this all there is in the ideal picture of health?
When thinking about a ‘healthy’ life, exercise and diet are the first things that jump into 99% of people’s minds. Straight away we make limitations to our health including eating well and exercising regularly. We look at others on social media and think they are healthy because they have a flat tummy and eat salad for lunch every day via Snapchat. But what about all the other aspects of health? What even are the other aspects of health?
Too often we limit our ideas about exercise. Many of us define exercise as cardio or weight training, forgetting that stretching and mobility are also valid forms of exercise. Just because your body isn’t sweating doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not ‘working out’. Our bodies won’t perform to their peak during these ‘sweat sessions’ if we don’t have the proper mobility to do so. To strengthen our bodies, we need to lengthen muscles AND blend it with other forms of exercise. Stop...more
Do you know how to listen to your body? Your body sends the best signals when it comes to nutrition. So how do we become better attuned to listening to these signals?
Many of us were brought up thinking we had to eat everything that was put on our plate. But has this become a curse of now not knowing when we are satisfied? And in turn do we now overeat? All this really explains is we aren’t listening to the signals our body is sending us. Fullness is a signal many of us have forgotten. That is until we get to the unimaginable feeling of a ‘food coma’. These ‘coma’s’ are real and are not a satisfying feeling; in fact they are the opposite! So why do we keep going? Why haven’t we learned to put the fork down and push the plate away? It’s largely because many of us do not check in with ourselves during the meal.
As corny as it might sound, half way through your meal have a conversation with your body: How do I feel? On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied am I? Start to check back in with your body and discover the satisfying feeling of fullness. Once you start attending...more
The perception to be perfect usually derives from a sense of inadequacy – that a part of our body is lacking something. But would this inadequacy really exist if we didn’t have anything to compare it to?
We are all constantly comparing ourselves to someone or something that represents what we want to be like or look like. We trick ourselves into wanting to become an ‘ideal’ body weight and shape, yet we fall short more often than not of becoming this ‘ideal’ person. Why? Because no two bodies are the same. Our bodies are unique and specific to us.
So why do we aspire to look like someone else, when we are so different? We attempt to live up to societies ‘role models’. We fill our social media domains with constant pressures of body image, extravagant lifestyle expectations, money, popularity and social status. Without accepting ourselves wholly we become silent, proving we aren’t worthy of self-love or respect. We silence these thoughts and negative comments because then they can be hidden from the judgement of others. Yet the only real harsh critic is ourselves....more