Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight ?
Do you know you need to exercise but hate gyms ?
Do you feel over-stressed and over-worked ?
Are you wondering how to take better care of yourself ?
Numerous studies show that stress taxes our immune system and predisposes us to a host of complaints such as headache, insomnia, rashes, emotional disturbances and many other illnesses. This kind of tension may also induce weight gain. “Mounting evidence suggests that stress, which sparks the release of excess cortisol, is responsible for middle-age spread, increased abdominal fat and obesity,” says Paul J. Rosch, M.D., president of the American Institute of Stress in Yonkers, New York.
To understand what stress really is plus how and why the hormone, cortisol, is produced, please read the following explanation carefully and repeatedly if necessary. Believe me, it is well worth your effort.
Your adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system and are located above your kidneys. These glands release hormones into the bloodstream for balance in the body such as blood pressure maintenance. When stress occurs, the adrenal medulla produces epinephrine/adrenaline and norepinephrine. The result is a radical boost of chemicals in the blood to fuel the body and generate the “fight or flight” response. These adrenaline rushes show up as a stronger heart beat and increased energy from rising glucose levels.
Meanwhile, in the outer layer or cortext of the adrenal gland, the steroid, cortisol is manufactured. Cortisol turns out sustained energy over many hours or days and helps our bodies utilize fat, proteins and carbohydrates. Combined, these hormones give us extra energy and strength during stressful situations. In today’s world, people who merely cope with modern demands tap the adrenal system constantly. To name a few of these drains on our adrenaline system consider the demands of raising our children, long working hours, coping with the world of technology, holiday responsibilities, deadlines and traffic. In addition, electronic innovations like cell phones and email allow us to work at home and during social encounters. Our schedules are crowded and we feel the need to balance all these burdens; yet inevitably, everyday occurrences seem to take that control away form us.
Ultimately, our bodies become depleted by increased levels of cortisol, which lower white blood cells. Obviously we aren't getting enough rest; we eat poorly and choose fatty and sugary foods. When time is running out, the first thing we omit from our daily schedule is exercise. We would surely not be surprised at the consequence — a weakened immune system creating the onset of traumatic symptoms and innumerable diseases not to mention that thing we fear most — the predictable weight gain.
What if you could squash stress before it even starts or at least before it takes over your life? What if you could manage stressful situations effectively thereby reducing its affect on your immune system by reducing those adrenal hormones? How about that approach to weight control as opposed to dieting?
The good news is that you can crush stress before it even starts! By practicing the relaxation techniques and learning the secrets of successful weight regulation, you can learn to support your body, mind and spirit with natural methods. The stress and weight management Gentle Yoga approach is the only weight loss system you’ll ever need.
Enroll today! Call 760-419-9817 today to sign up for the upcoming class, The Seven Secrets of Successful Ex-Dieters. Here's to a healthier, happier, and more balanced you!
And check out my video "Stress Management" for more information.