Stress is an intrinsic aspect of life. For some, it may act as a stimulant, but for others, it feels more like a burden.
Most definitions of stress invoke an internal or external challenge, disturbance, or stimulus, the perception of a challenge or physiologic response.
Chronic stress suppresses your immune system and increases your risk of disease.
During stress, your body experiences fight or flight—physiological arousal—heightening your senses due to perceived danger. You may experience an increased heart rate and blood pressure during this state, slowed digestive functioning, increased hormone levels (like cortisol), and other responses.
The flight-or-flight response was the body’s original means of survival during ancient history. It allowed our ancestors to protect themselves from unthinkable circumstances quickly. However, in the modern world, this response can be experienced numerous times and in various situations.
Rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness. There are many distractions in this digital world, and always something (or someone) requiring your attention. No matter what your schedule or task list may look like, resting and unplugging is vital to your long-term health.
1️⃣Resting Heals Your Body
The human body is built to thrive in a series of short sprints. This is why taking a break—even only for a few minutes—can offer you the refresh you need to persevere through your day.
Breaks are brief cessations to work, physical exertion, or emotional stress. They promote mental health, boost creativity, increase productivity, promote well-being, reduce stress, improve mood, and strengthen relationships.
The amount of rest required depends on your individual needs. If you didn’t sleep well, feel angry, or stressed, you may require more frequent breaks.
Adequate rest helps your body activate its inner healing cascade and return to a state of homeostasis. This is when your body can repair and recover.
🏃🏽♀️Studies have found that exercising in a fasted state can burn almost 20% more fat compared to exercising with fuel in the tank.
🌱The best way to do fasted cardio is at a low intensity such as a walk, light jog, or bike. The easier workouts will help your body use fat.
🏃🏽♀️If you decide to try out fasted cardio, follow a few rules to stay safe: Don’t exceed 60 minutes of cardio without eating. Choose moderate- to low-intensity workouts. Fasted cardio includes drinking water — so stay hydrated!
🌱For me it’s easier to exercise just before the end of my fast so that I can eat right after, exercising makes me hungry☺️