Most people think of exercise as cardio¬†or lifting weights. While these are beneficial to general health by¬†promoting circulation and muscle strength, it is not the best solution when it comes to Adrenal Fatigue. Someone who suffers from Adrenal Fatigue should be careful with the types of exercise they are doing to lessen the chance of worsening¬†or¬†triggering adrenals to completely¬†crash.
The most common misconception¬†is that Adrenal Fatigue is¬†just low energy.¬†¬†Of course adrenal sufferers will feel¬†times of low energy because all functions of the body require energy.¬†¬†At the root level, however, it is way¬†more complicated. The loss of energy is due to the uncontrolled state of the body. Our body needs to run smoothly for us to feel well. This involves a number¬†organs and systems having to work synergistically together. In Adrenal Fatigue, the body is drained and low on energy causing numerous imbalances. Many hormones become unbalanced, and as a result, people will start to show symptoms of¬†hyperglycaemia,¬†feelings of anxiety, brain fog¬†and depression. ¬†The internal thermostat of the body is broken and it is no wonder that the adrenals start to crash and we feel tired.
The key to a successful Adrenal Recovery Program involves a well thought-out exercise¬†plan¬†that helps you regain control of the core functions of the body. ¬†The goal is to rebalance the internal systems, so that they can operate smoothly together.¬†This involves a total mind-body approach incorporating: lifestyle, diet, mental mindset, nutrition, and physical components. Exercise is an important part of the recovery plan. If done properly, it helps increase energy levels because the the adrenals¬†are beginning to function optimally.
What Should My Program Incorporate?
Those suffering from Stage 1 & 2 Adrenal Fatigue may only feel tired a certain times¬†and tend to recover from any low energy state quickly. Those in stage 3 & 4¬†Adrenal Fatigue have symptoms of¬†constant low energy and fatigue, only to continue to worsen over time. It is important to customize an exercise program for the best use of their limited energy storage. Over utilization of energy and over exercising, can trigger adrenal crashes.¬†Getting the right intensity, amount, and frequency is of great importance.
The amount of exercise must be adjusted to avoid over exercising and over-stimulation¬†of the sympathetic nervous system¬†and trigger adrenaline release. Risk of adrenal crash must be carefully monitored and preventive steps must be taken at the right time throughout the recovery process. The right thing done at the right time will be of the key to recovery. On the other hand, the right thing done at the wrong time will make things much worse.
Experienced coaches¬†will ensure¬†to conserve energy as much as possible during the initial healing process. This means exercises should increase energy flow in the body while¬†not reducing energy reserves. After a comfortable level of energy is built up in the body,¬†a gradual progression can be incorporated. This will allow the body to¬†reverse its catabolic state into an anabolic state where muscles can finally start to rebuild and strengthen. This has to be¬†gradually over-time.
A properly designed adrenal recovery exercise program needs to factor in the following components: breathing, stretching, strength training, control, and systemic circulation. It also needs to take into consideration the state of adrenal function (Stage of Adrenal Fatigue), the amount of energy reserve remaining, age, metabolic issues, past medical history, injuries etc.
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