Let’s talk about how to relax.
Why is this important? Among other fantastic benefits — when you are relaxed, you burn more fat.
When you’re stressed, you might do the opposite and hold the stubborn weight that doesn’t want to go away. According to case studies, when there is too much cortisol in our bodies (due to physiological or environmental stress), it often triggers fat accumulation.
While eating foods that are high in fiber, protein, and slow-releasing carbs can naturally increase our bodies’ ability to burn more fat, we can help the process significantly by merely slowing down.
When moving through life too fast, without taking enough breaks, we inevitably eat fast, which triggers a cortisol response, and diminishes our calorie-burning power.
Slowing down moves us from the fight-or-flight stress-state to the peaceful state of relaxation and inner calm.Tweet
Just by allowing yourself to relax more, you are likely to increase your metabolism and reach your fitness goals in a much more enjoyable way! 🙏🏼
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Not only that: the slower we eat, the faster we metabolize our food and the more sustained energy we have throughout the day.Tweet
The shortcut to turn off stress and activate a physiological relaxation response is conscious breathing. Conscious breathing simply means taking full deep breaths and holding them in for four counts before your exhale. Your nervous system will begin to calm down immediately.
You literally just have to breathe more deeply to switch on the parasympathetic nervous system. We have oxygen available to us 24/7, and it’s always available to use (thankfully!)
Here is an easy exercise you can try:
✔️ Write your top 3 stressors.
✔️Now create your top 3 relaxers.
✔️Ensure eating slowly and are chewing your food.
✔️One busier days, take some time to stretch, do gentle yoga, go for a walk, meditate, or take an Epsom salt bath/long shower.
✔️Initiate regular intimacy with someone you connect to on a deeper level.
Quality intimacy is, by far, one of the best stress relievers!Tweet
Regardless of what you choose to do – when in doubt, just take a break to breathe and relax.
What’s your take on this topic? Let me know!
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