Getting the Most Out of Your Stress

Stress is almost universally viewed in a negative light. However, like all things in life, it is neither good nor bad in and of itself. Rather, the amount, persistence, and variation of stress determines whether you get positive or negative results. Through my education as a certified C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach, my personal and professional practice hinges around 5 major types of stress, all of which can affect you positively and negatively. The sum of these stressors will have a direct impact on your health, your ability to perform optimally, and the accomplishment of your goals.

5 Major Stress Types

Physical
It is important to adjust the intensity of your workouts. For example, when there are back to back days of exercise, one of them should be at a low to moderate intensity. It is also important to be mindful of the other stressors so that your exercise can be adjust properly.

Chemical
There are millions of chemical reactions occurring in our bodies every second. These are brought on by external influences such as food, drugs, alcohol, environmental pollutants, (i.e. pesticides, herbicides, etc.) and also by internal influences such as the positive chemical reactions that come from good exercise, love, and good nutrition.

Electromagnetic
The sun is a great example of an electromagnetic stress that is both good and bad. It gives life. However, too much sun can cause many health issues. Other forms of electromagnetic stress are computers, television, microwaves, cell phones, electrical appliances, and more.

Psychic or Mental
The stress that comes from thinking to create a plan and to know ones intention and purpose is a positive influence of this type of stress. Focusing on what we don't like in our lives, anxiety over money or relationships, lamenting 'where things went wrong', and beating ourselves up over mistakes all serve to add undue stress to our bodies.

Nutritional
Eating whole, unprocessed food that consists of the proper macronutrient ratio for you will create positive stress in your body. Processed foods, sugar, over eating, under eating, and eating foods that come from genetically modified sources or are treated with toxins like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are all examples of negative nutritional stress.

The resource and reference book that I recommend to all that wish to be at their best, is "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy", by Paul Chek. A personalized 4-step guide to being at your best in how you feel, how you look, and what you get done.