Cortisol can be released into the body and can cause a number of things to become abnormal. Here are just 3 of the things that PREVENT cortisol release:
1. Meditation. If fight or flight causes cortisol release then we need to combat that cause with something that relaxes us. Meditation can do just that. When you meditate you combat those stressors by relaxing into the moment and being present to the present which spills over into your day.
2. Strength train. Add strength training to your regimen to combat hormonal imbalance. The best type of strength training you can do is tough enough that it leaves you feeling challenged or 70% of your one-rep max Each muscle group needs about 12 sets per week for a great enough challenge to prevent cortisol overload! And yes, you can do this at home with little to no weight.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training HIIT. As opposed to slow and steady-state cardio which actually activates cortisol release, introduce HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training. You will need to do about 3-5 intervals in about a 20 minute time period 3-5 times per week to deem the benefits. They are so worth it! HIIT is great to combat to flight or fight as it is actually putting the body through strenuous movement. HIIT mimics fighting or flight (running). It also does this with longer bouts of steady or rest work exercise and balances everything out.
Try these 3 things for yourself over a 21 day period and see what happens. Have a healthy day! Kathie
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