STRESS! If you add up a full-time job, bills, house to maintain, modified school schedules, honey do lists and getting to the gym, that’s a lot of things going on at once! We have to be at a hundred different places each week and it all plays a role and takes a toll on you and your stress levels.
One of the best reminders I ever heard in regards to training is that everything affects everything. Stress can and will affect your performance in the gym and your ability to recover!
So the question remains, can we influence this and manage it?
This week we are taking a look at options that may help support a positive mood, feelings of well-being, less stress and better sleep.
Rhodiola rosea - an herbal supplement that can help improve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue and burnout. It is also well tolerated and considered very safe!
Melatonin - a natural hormone that helps support sleep quality and duration, in turn, helping to reduce stress levels by providing adequate sleep! It is non-habit forming and is offered in many forms such as pills, lozenges and gummies. More on supplements for sleep support in next week’s post!
Ashwagandha - an herbal supplement that has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It also has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, a big plus when considering we do not want high levels for long periods of time! It is also well tolerated and safe!
L-Theanine - a natural component, and amino acid in tea leaves that has been shown to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. A bonus of L-theanine is that it can accomplish this without any sedative effects. Additionally, it is available in capsule form.
Magnesium - is the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body and is responsible for endless reactions in the body including those for energy, protein formation, muscle movement and nervous system regulation. Many adults do not get enough magnesium in their diets. Low levels of magnesium are associated with diet and poor mood. Magnesium can also help boost exercise performance and reduce inflammation!
Remember that taking the dog for a walk, taking time to enjoy your favorite hobby, deep breathing techniques, yoga or simply putting your phone down and spending time with your family and friends can all be ways to combat stress. No magic pill will be the perfect substitute for the power of taking time for yourself and ensuring you are managing your stress properly and regularly!
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