Stress is generally defined as an emotional state characterised by muscular tension, irritability, depression, and increases in both heart rate blood pressure. In our modern lives, there is much reason to be stressed these days, whether it’s the economy, financial pressures, work etc. A degree of stress can be positive, leading to enhanced productivity. Negative stress (distress) can lead to depression, anxiety, panic and fatigue and interfere with your sleep. Over time, it can lead to increased risk of heart attacks, headaches, depression and weight (fat) gain.
How Bodybuilding Beats Stress
- Regular Exercise. Exercise is a great way to burn off steam to alleviate stress. Exercise also helps to release chemicals in the body such as endorphins, which are known for their ability to produce a feeling of well-being.
- Balanced Diet. The right diet counter-balances the negative effects of stress. Allowing your diet to slip during periods of stress, as is often the case, will compound your problems, making you feel sluggish and unfocussed.
- Be Organised. Disorganisation adds to your stress. Take time out for yourself, and develop a support network to help you rise above the perils of stress.
- Get Adequate Sleep. Stress is renowned for interrupting good sleep patterns. Regular exercise, such as bodybuilding, will help you get better sleep, making you more able to face the challenges of the following day.
- Other Ways to Decrease Stress include identification of the stress in the first place. Try to remove yourself from this, if only temporary. Yoga, counselling and taking time out are other ways to help you deal with it. Talking about it or 'venting' in a controlled manner is also a proven way to decrease the stress.
Supplements to Beat Stress
Glutamine. During times of stress, glutamine reserves are depleted and need to be replenished through supplementation. Phosphatidyl serine has proven that it lowers the stress hormone (cortisol) production by 30 percent. ZMA (a zinc/magnesium formula) replaces deficiencies caused from exercise and stress.
Bodybuilding & Stress
Unfortunately stress is an inevitable in our modern lives to some degree. As a result, we must seek ways to help us deal with this on a daily basis. Bodybuilding is one good example of a regular activity that can make us more able to deal with stress on a regular basis. This way, you will be less likely to let stress have such a dramatic effect on your quality of life. Other aspects of bodybuilding, apart from training including a good diet, supplementation and adequate recovery are aspects that will assist you in being able to deal with stress better.