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When we train general population folk we need to have an underpinning philosophy and decent scientific understanding of the process that develops stress resilience. They need more than just a training program.
The most telling elements that contribute to health and wellness are:
These 4 factors help mitigate the stress of daily life.
Research suggests that chronic inflammation is at the heart of most destructive, deadly diseases, including cardiovascular disease, strokes, and diabetes.
This is due to the vicious fat cycle: • Fat cells release pro-inflammatory cytokines • More fat cells lead to the more inflammation; the result is chronic inflammation • Diseases associated with chronic inflammation drive additional fat storage
As a coach or trainer, it’s your job to break this chronic inflammatory cycle without contributing to it.
Most of the time, people fail in their diet and exercise efforts because of two reasons: 1 Not eating enough (caloric deficit) 2 Training too much/life stress
Both of these reasons lead to chronic inflammation and sympathetic overload. We now know that this chronic inflammation results in fat storage instead of fat loss.
Psychological stress activates the sympathetic system the same way as physical stress, but not using energy the way we want a positive stress response.
Remember we do want to stress the body. That’s what makes us fitter and more resilient. But we need to do it in a layered and systematic fashion.
When psychological stress reduces, the body activates the parasympathetic system. This system drives energy storage, so the body craves food.
This is why it’s so easy to gain weight under high levels of mental stress: energy is mobilized, consumed, and stored without ever being utilized. Thus, the excess energy accumulates as fat.
The only way to shut off the sympathetically-driven stress response is to develop the parasympathetic nervous system. This can be accomplished through conditioning.
Improving aerobic fitness and stress tolerance along with building strength