Keep Our Minds in the Game!
Stress is our biggest enemy
Its Monday morning and we are waking up balancing 100 tasks and 10 unaccomplished goals before embracing the moment of having air in our lungs. It’s so easy for us to wake up only thinking about our “must do list” such as getting the kids up for school, making breakfast, calling to check on loved ones who are not feeling well or even the commute to work. Can you relate to something similar to this?
The unfortunate thing about our minds and bodies is that when we do this, we are setting ourselves up to battle with our biggest and most misunderstood enemy, stress. If we are superman or superwoman, then stress is our kryptonite in many ways. Stress starts in the hypothalamus part of the brain and then triggers the heart to race, hands to get clammy, knot to get in our stomachs, and chest to tighten. There has even been a thought to suggest stress and cortisol over time can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone to fat oxidation and lean muscle. This basically means that if you are working out stress, it will prevent your body from burning fat at the highest level or even your muscles to recover efficiently. Let us do our health and longevity a favor and keep our mind in the game! In our instance, the game can refer to life or the next workout we are about to crush. The best way to defeat our ‘stress enemy’ is escaping those internal thoughts and living in the moment. Here are 5 simple ways to get back into the game and seize the moment:
1. Wake up and think about 3 people you love the most and seeing them happy.
2. Take a 5 minute break to get your mind in the game before a workout or meeting because the body goes, where the mind goes.
3. Enjoy a 3-minute solo dance party once a day, even if you are on your way to work or to drop off the kids at school.
4. Take a weekly yoga class to relax your mind.
5. Whenever you’re struggling because you are out of breath or trying to get two more reps instead of one, remember to say to yourself, ‘IM GAME’!!