The more I learn about human physiology, the more inclined I am to tell my clients that slow and steady wins the race.
In American Culture, we are committed to high productivity to our chagrin. Although our work ethic reflects in our incredible achievements, the body can only take so much. I am surrounded by incredible athletes, hard working executives, and motivated mothers and fathers.
Where we fall short is our body’s inability to handle stress. Whether it be mental, emotional, or physical stress, our bodies are not able to handle the panacea of stress input. The aforementioned “Type A” personalities burn the candles at both ends. I am guilty of this pattern of go-go-go.
How can we slow down? The only way I was finally able to slow down was a message from my body: you’re out of gas. When I had diagnostic lab testing done on myself, I saw that my cortisol levels were completely out of whack. This HPA (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) dysfunction had my energy levels low and my motivation drained. I no longer felt like the John Parker I used to be.
To fix this problem, I needed a combination of a strict diet, more sleep and recovery, less intense exercise, better stress reduction, and strategic supplement intake. The hardest part for me was lowering my exercise intensity. At this point, I have found that maintaining the body is an art. Gentle exercise like jogging, hiking, yoga, pilates, #indianclub spinning, and climbing (to an extent) has raised my energy levels naturally so that I can work with my clients and peers with full attention.
This weekend I craved grounding. I was able to get on a long hike at #Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and immediately felt relief from a busy week training clients, consultations, and health coaching. I want you all to know there is a way to live a healthy life. You may be far from it now, but looking at the bigger picture will shed light on what you need, and what you don’t need.