Are you stressed? Maybe not all the time, however, most likely you are feeling the effects of stress more often than you think. If stress is not directly killing you, the habits you are building to deal with it most likely are.
Think about it for just a minute. How many adults need their coffee in the morning to get going? Why? Mostly you did not get the proper rest or quality of rest you needed. Cause and Effect? You need your morning coffee to get going in the morning.
Adults, all over the world are building harmless habits, or at least they seem harmless to function or counteract the effects of stress. What is really happening? You are setting yourself up for many health problems in the future.
Here is a quick breakdown of habits people adopt to fight stressors and function:
- Stay up late finishing a project – drink coffee or energy drinks to stay up and focused – lose sleep – get dehydrated from the caffeine – result headache – take medication to get rid of the headache – continue to stay up
- You crave sugar but do not want the calories – drink diet drinks – the artificial sweetener tricks the brain thinking it is getting sugar – you still produce insulin to counter the effect which causes the body to gain weight/fat – puts a strain on the heart – results in other health problems you get stressed out – more strain on your heart and more harmful chemicals are produced by the brain
- Get home from a long day – you consume some alcohol to relax which is full of calories – and effects how you break down fat in the body – it also dehydrates you causing you body to move water around from organ to organs based on what it needs so your body does not function properly
The list could go on. Does that mean you cannot ever indulge once in awhile? Of course not. It is the daily habits/patterns that eventually catch up with you and cause problems.
So what is the answer? You need to reduce your stressors which in turn makes it easier to form better habits leading to a healthier life.
What are some of the best remedies for leading a less stressful lifestyle? Exercise, stretching, diet and sleep. That is it. Add these into your lifestyle and you will see a world of difference. It doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything in your life that might be bad for you, however it has been shown in many people that if you adopt these habits, it makes it easier to stay healthy.
For example, if you are exercising on a regular basis, there is a good chance you are going to eat better because you want to see better results from all your hard work.
If time is a factor and it seems to be for most of us, or at least we think it is. Find activities that accommodate all of the above. Martial arts has been a popular activity for many people because it teaches so many skills in one activity.
Students get stronger, more flexible, stimulate their mind, burn stress, get to hit bags and the list goes on.
Martial arts has been a popular activity for all ages, not just kids for decades because students improve at their own pace. The classes build camaraderie among students motivating each other to stay active for the long haul.
Check out our martial arts program at http://www.tallytkd.com and see how many adults just like you have changed their lives for the better. We even have a 4 week starter course for new members to take a test drive.
If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at email@example.com. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama