Many of us have an “all or nothing” approach to achieving our optimal physique or ideal weight. However when it comes to exercise, you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Whether you're trying to lose 10 kilograms in two weeks or pushing your body beyond it’s limits just to keep your weight in check, you may be unknowingly sabotaging yourself.
If missing a workout brings on unbearable anxiety and you feel weak, shaky, dizzy and completely spent after every session, these are signs that you are placing excessive stress on your body. When we hear the phrase “stress is a killer,” we associate it with mental angst brought on by work, family, relationship and other life issues. However, physical stress can be just as damaging and detrimental. Find out exactly HOW you can maximise results without stressing and straining the body.
The Science And Effect On Your Body.
If exercise is a stressful, demanding and grueling experience for you, your adrenal glands will release cortisol in response to this strain. Cortisol is your body’s prime stress hormone and is produced by the adrenal glands in response to excessive pressure. When there is too much cortisol released, your body reacts by retaining weight, especially around the lower abdomen. Consistently elevated cortisol levels have also been associated with depleting the immune system and significantly reducing recovery from injury.
Workout Smarter, Not Harder.
The key is to exercise smarter, not harder. There are incredible benefits in cross-training and keeping your exercise schedule varied and interesting. If you spend countless hours in the gym working yourself to exhaustion, please read on and discover how incorporating Pilates into your routine might just save your health, joints and sanity!
The Power Of Pilates.
Pilates is an ideal way to achieve both an ideal physical and mental state. It is a challenging workout without taxing the body or wearing it out which is why the results are so incredible. By strengthening the muscles and joints in a manner that is not high-impact or stressful, it fights the effects of aging and keeps the body young.
Pilates will make you slender yet strong, graceful yet powerful, lean yet athletic. It will allow you to attain perfect posture and the ultimate in endurance and stamina. Making it a part of your lifestyle brings about energy, composure, strength and an aura of confidence that is apparent to everyone around you.
Your body will feel strong and toned as opposed to tight and bulky. Your muscles will be flexible and lean, achieving powerful legs without hamstring tightness, knee, hip or ankle pain. Not only that, but you will have a taut, firm bottom that stabilises your pelvis and compliments your shape perfectly. Improved posture and body awareness will instantly make you look lighter and leaner, not to mention the improvement in your form and technique in all of your other endeavours!
I find it so rewarding when my fabulous clients inform me of the amazing improvements they have seen since introducing Pilates into their life. One gentleman, suffering with intense back pain, was absolutely convinced the only way to achieve relief from his consistent agony was surgery. After just a few weeks of Pilates he began to notice a dramatic difference, and after a couple of months was literally pain free!
Another woman was crippled with hip pain, even walking was a tear-inducing activity. Within a few short weeks of consistent Pilates classes, she was pain free and stronger than ever before! The wonderful stories I hear every day continue to inspire me to create effective, fun, challenging classes that provide results for everyone.
It is important to exercise for enjoyment and find activities, classes and routines that are synonymously challenging and fun. A varied training routine that incorporates cardiovascular, strength and flexibility is the ideal way to achieve your optimal weight and wellbeing. Aim to exercise three to five days per week, with each session being 45 minutes to 1 hour in duration.