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Cortisol- The Effects Of Stress On Your Workout Results!

Learn How To Manage Your Stress For Better Results!

Posted by Scott_Herman - June 15th, 2013

Cortisol is a steroid hormone typically released in response to stress. It assists with fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, cardiovascular functions, immune function, inflammatory response, and blood sugar regulation. When we are under intensely stressful situations, our cortisol levels rise, which can be troublesome for the whole body as high levels of this hormone are associated with adrenal fatigue and accumulation of visceral fat in the abdominal area putting your six-pack at risk!

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Working towards a less stressful lifestyle can help to eliminate the issue of high cortisol levels being produced. At a regulated level, cortisol aids in the reduction of many different types of inflammation, regulates sodium in the body, increases short-term memory and helps to remove toxins from the body via the liver.

Keeping a healthy diet, getting 8 - 9 hours of sleep each night, using Vitamin B5 and exercise, (which releases natural stress-fighting endorphins) are just some of the ways to reduce stress. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, walking, biking, swimming and stair stepping are great forms of exercise that get the endorphins flowing as well!

When it comes to stress, nothing is ever as bad as it seems. As long as you keep a clear head you can overcome any obstacle and reduce your risk of high cortisol levels affecting your workouts and results!

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This is true, Scott. With the recent furloughs and government shutdown, I just couldn't help but stress out about my finances. Not to mention my supplements were getting depleted and couldn't afford to buy them. I tried working out the best I can possible, but just not the same when the worries plagued my mind. It was a big set back for me. Kinda recovered from that as of now and getting back to business of getting swole. You're an inspiration, brother.--4bidden@ArtArtdel
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