Stress is actually more common than you think. According to a survey in January 2018, stress has is being experienced by 85% of UK adults regularly. To raise awareness for National Stress Awareness Day, we have put together a list of 7 ways stress can mess hinder your daily workouts and how to battle stress as best as possible. We hope you find this blog useful, remember to give us a like on Facebook and leave us a comment with your thoughts about our list.
1. Impaired motor condition
– “Motor Disorder” is a result of damage to the nervous system causing abnormal/involuntary movements. Chronic stress results in increased cortisol levels in the body which can lead to a number of physical health problems such as digestive problems, hormone imbalances, heart disease, etc.
2. Increased risk of injury
When under chronic stress, the body and mind are generally not in line with each other meaning workout exertion might fluctuate. If this becomes the case, you might find yourself over exerting which primarily could damage your biological health but as a secondary effect, you could put yourself at a higher risk of physical injury.
3. Slower recovery
Carrying on from the point above, recovery can also be hindered. The reason being is because your bodily functions can be altered as a result of increased stress and if recovery is slow then you will definitely be at a higher risk of injury.
4. Physical fatigue
Physical and mental fatigue affect the same part of the brain, so being mentally tired can make you physically fatigued as well. Physical fatigue will also affect recovery rate and the likelihood of injury, so train safely.
5. Impaired decision making
This is an interesting one which could easily be overlooked but shouldn’t. Decision making is vitally important in the gym-environment, but if under chronic stress, the brain’s functions can be negatively affected meaning decision-making can become inefficient.
6. Hindered endurance
But endurance we not only mean physical but also mental endurance, both of which are important when it comes to working out. A 2016 study found that a negative life event (which could lead to stress) can impair running economy of runners.
7. Can affect your concentration for “big lifts”
Working out requires a big amount of mental focus especially when it comes to PR (personal record) days. But if the mind is under chronic stress, concentration levels will decrease and lifting/working out can become very passive rather than active, which is of course very detrimental to work output.
To summarise, stress can be a tough battle, maybe even harder than a max-weight squat. But the best solution to dealing with chronic stress is to first seek professional advice to help not only determine your stress condition but to also get the most tailored response to dealing with your level of stress. Secondly, you should make personal improvements to your state of mind, whether that be meditation, cutting out toxic people or anything else, do this and you will be making small steps closer to better mental health.
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Written by Daniyal Siddiqui.