Hormones are really important to your general wellbeing and fitness. If you think of the engine in a car, if the injectors are not firing, the car won’t work. Hormones act like those injectors in your body; if they are out of balance, you can’t fire as a person.
Hormones are really important to your general wellbeing and fitness. Like the engine of a car, if the injectors are not firing, the car won’t work; hormones act like those injectors in your body – if they are out of balance, you can’t fire as a person.
The cortisol effect
We all have a hormone called cortisol, sometimes known as the fight or flight hormone. It’s released when we are under stress. However, when released in excess or for a long period of time, it can create a host of long-term pathological conditions in the body, including:
- Suppressed immunity
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Reduced libido
- Loss of bone density
If you have a busy life, working to support your family or maybe to have a few luxuries, it can take its toll on your system. Especially if you are running your own business, you find you never completely switch off and this is going to keep those cortisol levels high.
It also has a direct effect on your efforts to lose weight – it actually inhibits weight loss and creates carbohydrate cravings. High cortisol levels can mean your food absorption is poor, but you won’t lose weight as it affects your adrenalin levels. It also affects your sleep which is a really important part of your recovery time and your general wellbeing.
Intense exercise increases cortisol shortly afterwards. Although it increases in the short term, levels decrease later and overnight.
This short-term increase helps coordinate the growth of your body to meet the challenge. Another benefit is that the size of the cortisol response reduces with regular training.
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You’ll find my training methods are different to some you may have come across. I take a holistic approach – I look at everything from posture through to whatever past illnesses or injuries may be affecting you. I also look at your eating habits and can suggest a diet plan that fits easily around your lifestyle – and all of this is not just to get money out of you. What I’m giving you is the option to take control of your health and fitness which will save you time and money in the long term. I teach you to do it right from the outset to avoid problems in later life.