Stress and Recovery- How To Optimize Your Health
When thinking about how to get healthier the first thing you might not think about is stressing out your body. What most people don’t realize is that there is good stress, positive stress that pushes the body to a new, healthier level. If you are trying to optimize your health, start a new diet, lose weight or boost your energy you have to stress the body in a different way to cause a change, there is no other way to do it.
Do you ever talk to your friends who eat the same thing every day, or do the exact same workout every day? Notice, for the most part that these folks are kind of stuck in their health, in a way they have plateaued. Believe it or not the body does not like to be static, to have chicken a broccoli everyday for lunch, to do the elliptical trainer at the gym every day. To optimize your health you need to have a sound stress recovery plan that works.
While most people might feel like the above picture when they think of stress, stress actually takes your body out of it’s comfort zone so it can create something new or different.
Results are created by a cycle of stress and recovery, here are a few examples which might make more sense.
- I do a 10 minute kettle bell workout every morning, I go really hard for 1 minute (stress) and then I do low impact jumping jacks for 1 minute (recovery). Every morning I pick 4 different kettle bell exercises to do so my body doesn’t get bored. After one month of this my body has adapted to the stress and is now able to perform at a higher level. So now I do a 15 minute workout in the morning, I pick my exercise and go hard for 1 minute (stress) and then I do my low impact jumping jacks for 45 seconds(recovery). The important thing to note here is that your recovery phase always allows you to recover before starting the next stressful phase. If you don’t recover than you do not go on to the next stressful phase.
- A grand master chess player is required to make very strategic decisions and calculations in their mind in order to stay one step or 10 steps ahead of their opponents. The competition can be fierce (stress) so sometimes the grandmaster will take a 10 minute break (recovery) so they can clear their mind and make the right move. Over the years this 10 minute break will turn into a 5 minute break, and then a 2 minute breaks to where the body and mind have enough time to recover and then make the right move on the chess board.
You see we all have the choice to not push ourselves, our body or our mind but that is where we become stuck. Over thinking often times results in being overwhelmed and taking no action at all. No action means no stress and no recovery which the body thinks is pretty boring.
Do you think the best marathon runners one day just decide they are going to go from no exercise to running a marathon? Of course not, if you have never run a marathon perhaps it is better to start off running for one minute (stress) and then walking for one minute (recovery). If you overdo the stress on your body than you will have no chance to recover, and this causes serious deterioration of health, moodiness, chronic fatigue, headaches and more.
I encourage you to pick 3 goals or projects that you want to achieve and use this stress recovery model to take action. For example start a weight loss program to lose 10 pounds, write up a new business plan, start eating a gluten free/sugar free diet. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint so don’t try to lose 10 pounds in 2 days(stress) and think your body will be happy with that (recovery)
If you would like to optimize your health, relationships, business or wealth it is very important to have a stress recovery strategy. You can decide today to conquer your goals or projects by pushing your body to the limits and then allowing it to recover. When I talk about pushing the body to the limits I mean this is the most natural, holistic way possible so if you are concerned about exercise and stress you may want to consult your medical doctor before implementing a stress recovery strategy.