Whether you know it or not, exercise is a form of stress and the more intense the workout the more stressful it is on the body. That being said, if you are taxing your body with additional stress because you workout or started a workout routine – you need to make sure too increase the amount of REST you are giving your body.
Stress is stress and the more you stress your body – the more you tax your adrenal glands and the more depleted and exhausted they become. Therefore it is extremely important that you give your body some additional rest, otherwise you won't be able to produce testosterone and growth hormones, which are a must in any weight loss or fitness program.
I think everyone know that if you start exercising you need to increase your protein, magnesium, fish oils and antioxidants…but you also need to increase the amount of rest you need.
Exercise is when you tear and break the body down. When you rest and sleep is when your body starts that re-build repair process. So if you’ve been wondering why you’re not getting the results you are looking for – maybe your not giving your body what it needs most. REST!
Take a look at your rest and sleep routine. Do you need to adjust it? Are you giving yourself 7-8 hours of good sleep a night? Are you constantly on the go, living a fast-paced life? If so maybe you are keeping your body in that ‘catabolic’ breakdown phase a lot longer than it should be.
Take the Stress Test and see how you do. Maybe you need to have your adrenal tested to see how well your body is responding to all the stress going on. Keep in mind, exercise triggers more cortisol and adrenaline and the more you have racing through your body the more you are telling your body that you are in that ‘catabolic’ breakdown phase.
Remember it's not about training longer and harder - it's about training and dieting smarter!