And you know that exercise is supposed to boost your energy – but it doesn’t.
In fact, nothing that’s “supposed” to help actually does.
If this sounds familiar, you may be dealing with adrenal stress.
Adrenal stress, or adrenal fatigue, is a condition where the constant, ongoing stress of everyday life has simply overworked your adrenal glands until they become as exhausted as you are.
And when your exhaustion and fatigue are caused by adrenal stress, you’re right – the standard ways to relieve your symptoms won’t work as well, if at all.
Your body needs more than a good night’s sleep or a caffeine boost. Some – like heavy exercise - may even be making you worse!
Knowing Where to Start
The key to relieving adrenal stress with exercise is to know one very specific thing:
How stressed your adrenal glands are.
Researchers have discovered “evidence of reduced adrenal responsiveness”, in other words your adrenal glands not doing their jobs properly, when people work out too hard or too often.
So if you’re in the later stages of adrenal stress, the very thing that is supposed to be helping you gain energy and strength is, instead, wiping you out.
However! And this is a big one – for people who are in the early stages of adrenal stress, traditional exercise very well may be helpful.
After all, exercise does help burn off stress and excess energy that can keep your adrenal glands working overtime.
Which might make you wonder – why not just opt out of exercise altogether? Well, first of all, we all need to move to be as healthy as possible.
But just as importantly, appropriate exercise can help restore the adrenal glands and alleviate adrenal stress, so that they can get back to giving you the energy you need to get through your day.
So how do you know which type of exercise is right for you? First, if you don’t feel like you have enough energy to exercise at all, stay away from long, heavy workouts. But how hard do you crash after the initial burst of energy?
Because exercise should increase your energy throughout the day and help you rest at night. If you work out and feel great, congratulations!
But if you work out, feel better, and then crash – come back to gentle exercises that will ease your adrenal stress, not make it worse.
And which exercises are those? We’ve gathered some for you.
Getting Down to Business
1. Light cardio. This isn’t running or a Zumba class. This is an easy walk around the block, or a slow cycle on a stationary bike. And you’re not walking for miles, either. Stick to twenty minutes per day, three to four days a week. For some people, even this is too much. If you can’t manage twenty minutes outside, start by walking around inside your home at first. Anything is better than absolutely nothing.
2. Easy training. Lifting weights can be an excellent way to tone muscle in order to get lean and healthy – even if you’re struggling with adrenal stress. If you are, you should still lift, just lift lighter and less often. Try starting with exercises that use your body weight as resistance, rather than free weights. Think wall push-ups, planks, and squats, rather than heavy weights or machines. Only do this kind of exercise twice a week, and for no more than twenty minutes, max. Less if it tires you out.
3. Yoga. For some people, yoga brings to mind people holding themselves up on their hands, or standing on their heads. While that is part of what yoga can be, it’s not all of what yoga has to be. In fact, very simple yoga moves can be effective when it comes to countering adrenal stress.
Start with one called Legs Up the Wall:
Stretch out, on your back, with your buttocks right up against a wall. You can put a pillow under your hips and lower back if you need extra support. Straighten your legs until they are flat against the wall. If this is uncomfortable, or your legs get too tired, you can bend your knees until your feet are flat on the wall. Extend your arms, close your eyes, and relax. You’re doing yoga. Concentrate on breathing deeply. Hold the pose for at least two minutes and for as long as thirty.
Pay Attention to Your Body
Just like your body told you that your adrenal glands were stressed, it will tell you when they start to get better – or if your exercises are setting you back.
If you find yourself tired all the time again, take a couple days off to restore yourself – and when you go back to exercising, go back even easier.
And, as you start to have more energy and feel better, you’ll be able to increase your exercise routines, slowly, up to sixty minutes at a time. Still, don’t rush things. Adrenal stress takes a huge toll on your body.
Which is why it’s also important to take care of your adrenal glands from the inside out, with supplements that support and nourish them, like Peak Adrenal X6. So they can restore themselves – and you –even faster.
Adrenal stress is stressful. Adrenal fatigue is exhausting. Don’t live like that another day! Take care of your adrenal glands, so they can take care of you.