When we come out of college to the work force, there is no summer break, no winter break, we all have constant responsibilities, and we have no time to plan a program with multiple different focuses for the body throughout the year. So… What is your current focus for the season you’re in? Every athlete will tell you that if they did the same thing for the whole year, they would probably burn out and physically become worse and worse. This is adrenal fatigue, and most people have it and do not know it. And more importantly, most health practitioners will just give you some drug to fix the problem, but not get to the “Why” behind the condition. Conditions of Adrenal Fatigue:
- Tired for no reason
- Trouble getting up in the morning
- Need coffee, energy drinks, sodas, salty or sweet snacks to keep going
- Feeling run down and stressed
- Quiz for adrenal fatigue: http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/take-the-adrenal-fatigue-quiz
In a study with rats they had them connected to an electrical stimulus, and saw that they initially adapted pretty fast to the stressor, then they stopped adapting and plateaued, and then they went downhill resulting in death. Not sure why they needed a study that killed rats to figure that out, but you can still learn from it. Don’t be a dead rat; add seasons to your routine, keep striving to get better and you will.
So getting back to the analogy, the most important season for life, is the growing season. And for you, the healthiest thing you can do for your body is increase your anabolic hormones to keep yourself young. Of course, you do not want to stay in this season for ever, so then you need to have a catabolic season to cut down the fat and get rid of the toxins. This is the harvest season; the better the growing season, the better the harvest. After the cutting season you can go right back to the growing season. But you can also take a well-deserved break with a scheduled time to pick it back up again. and most importantly, enjoy every season you’re in, even if you have favorites. J Take care