Especially over the last 6 months where for most of us these have significantly increased. Often finding time to relax and de-stress when we’re so busy keeping work, families and the home ticking along can be pretty challenging
If we all knew just how important stress management was we’d surely make this a priority.
Stress comes in many forms created by many scenarios most of which are out of our control. But there’s one thing we need to control and factor in to our wellbeing and that’s ‘US TIME’.
Too much stress in our lives plays havoc with our stress hormone Cortisol, Cortisol is our built in alarm system and when thrown off kilt it can affect us both physically and mentally. It’s our ‘fight or flight’ instinct in a crisis, and affects our mood, fear and motivation but cortisol also plays an important role in a number of things your body does.
For example, it:
Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
Keeps inflammation down
Regulates your blood pressure
Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
Controls your sleep/wake cycle
Boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward
If our stress levels are unmanaged and constantly on high alert this can alter or shut down functions that get in the way. These might include your digestive or reproductive systems, your immune system, or even your growth processes leading to other health problems.
So going back to my favourite quote over these last 6 months ‘Your Health is your Wealth’ – it’s surely time to address your stress levels and make some plans moving forward.
Moving more, eating well, sleeping well, making plans (something to look forward to), meditation, reading a good book, watching a good film, removing negative people from your day.
My gift to you this week is to share last weeks Fitness Pilates, Core Back & Deep Stretch. Take 50 minutes, light a candle and throw yourself into this chilled form of fitness pilates.
I hope you enjoy it and if you’d like to join me for any future classes message me here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve really enjoyed this programme, having done the 4 week lift lean in Jan which was really quite strict with the food and intense with the daily workouts I’ve actually seen better results this time around.
I like having a choice of workouts as if I’m not keen on doing one 2/3 times through I just pick an alternative to make up the time. Like you Malinda I found it difficult to keep up with the workouts every day what with two young kids and work 4 days a week. I didn’t beat myself up if I didn’t do it this time though as I knew that if I got to class a couple of times a week and kept on top of the eating I could at the very least maintain the weight.
Hi Lindsay, the Elevate program has been a hit for me. I’ve enjoyed the different options each week. Wednesday nights class was a challenge but a good one. I also liked the daily choice of online exercises. Results for me were 3kg weight & 4.5 ins loss.
I’m ready for my trip to Australia to visit my son ✈️?❤️. Sorry but won’t be back to class till November ?. Thanks again Lindsay for your encouragement, endless energy & support xx
I lost 2lb in weight and 5.5 inches in total. I’m really pleased with the inch loss but was hoping for a few more pounds to have gone! However I’m pleased because it’s still a loss.
I had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies, so I’m high risk to develop type 2 at some point during the rest of my life. I’m not going to let this happen so Elevate/Lindsay has helped get my mindset on track for this. Having ‘wiggle room’ and not beating myself up about it is such a positive thing- allowing myself this has actually meant I’ve got back on track again much quicker than I would usually.
I love my fitness pal and will keep it up mon-fri, the daily coaching from Lindsay was invaluable and set me up for the day in the right mindset. I wasn’t fab at the daily workouts but did add more daily walks in, regular daily small changes is the way forward for me
Loved having a different theme each week too. The most challenging for me was to eat varied meals and to post in the group..
Thanks so much Lindsay, looking forward to the November Elevate
My measurements and weight stayed the same, however, overall I feel less bloated and more toned and my clothes feel looser.
I didn’t really want to lose too much weight, just tone up and I feel that I have achieved this. I also feel that my digestion problems are more under control now I eat cleaner and I think I have a better understanding on the food that triggers my ibs cramps.
I’m definitely more alert & my energy levels have improved. My sleep as also improved.
I found the daily coaching really useful. Maybe 7am is too early for some. It was okay for me as I’m at work by 7, but maybe 7.30am better. I definitely think mornings are better.
I’ve booked on the November course so my goal is to continue with food food protocol that works best for me, along with tracking my inch loss. I’ve decided not to track my weight as it’s left me really disappointed each week.
Thanks for your support Lindsay Williams
So excited as I approach the end of the programme. Have lost 4lbs and although I didn’t take accurate body measurements at any point during the programme, I know I have lost mass as I can now fit into clothing that I couldn’t before!
I’m feeling a lot fitter and more energetic and I am determined to keep up the regular exercise. Have also bought myself several keto recipe books to ensure I stay focused and motivated to keep going as I am loving the variety and naturalness of the food. Thanks Lindsay x
Lift Lean week 1 results. Weight: lost 2.2 kg 4.8 lbs. Mass: ? Lost total of 9cm 3.5” Happy with that. ?
Need to work a bit harder on home workouts! ?️♀️ But wanted to do this program for general well being! Getting back on track with healthy food, not over eating, drinking less alcohol, being more positive and ultimately getting fit.