Taking time off from a vigorous workout regimen is something most people rarely do because they think it was the only way to maintain their weight and feel good.
However, though I have learned from my own and my client's health journey that to value rest days and breaks from my typical workout routine more than diet and exercise because of the massive results they can help you achieve.
So for a week off, you may find a way to get your health back, to feeling like yourself again. But, you may find that this is not an easy thing to do if you are a competitive person who genuinely likes to be active to sweat it out and use exercise as an escape, that this is not easy to do.
When we exercise our bodies build stronger bones and muscles. We also get the added benefits of eliminating toxins through the lymphatic system and sweat, amount other things. All of this is obviously good.
However, when the body is already under a tremendous amount of stress from external or internal factors and existing health issues, exercise can deplete it even more.
Exercise demands a lot from the body in terms of nutrients to rebuild muscle tissue, to build bone density, and for oxygen and blood delivery.
Exercise also elicits a sympathetic "fight or flight" response, also known as a stress response, that signals the production and utilization of the stress hormone known as cortisol. When we are in fight or flight mode, the body sends all of its resources outward for quick moving and thinking, leaving little to no resources available for healing.
"You have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy"
Due to the amount of stress our bodies have endured from being exposed to toxic molds, viruses, pollution, bad foods, etc., all play a domino effect on hormones, so, your body may be nowhere near healthy. The body needs time and space to heal in order to support weight loss.
By forcing yourself to workout, in the same old ways, you may create a higher demand for resources and stress that your body simply cannot accommodate.
This is why at certain times you may need to take a step back, evaluate the burden of stress that your body was already been dealing with, and take action empowered on reducing the stress even more By doing this, you can create space for your body to heal to receive the results you desire.
You may find that when you do this your body may instantly respond. Your energy may go up and your weight may slowly but steadily start to come off. This overall just may make you feel better about yourself and your body.
Oftentimes, we think more is better. This belief is something that has been ingrained in our modern-day culture. But more is not always better. In fact, I find that less tends to be better in a lot of cases, once you look at your genetics, to help determine just the right amount and the type of exercise that works for your body.
The moral of this story is NOT to necessarily stop working out. It's finding out and listening to what your body needs.
If you suspect that exercise might be getting in the way of having better health or you want to assess the possible burden of stress on your body, then schedule a complimentary consult with me here today!
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