Getting With The Program
This is a major stress reliever, yet solely dependant upon how you do it. I run. First I walk however, to prepare my body for the oxidative stress that running creates. It’s also important to use the last 5 minutes to cool down, before you reach home/the office/your play pen… By the time you finish, you should be moving much like a sloth.
Have an 8 ounce glass of water before you leave, and one after you get back. You don’t want to eat breakfast and then go out leaping about like a Ghazel! If you are going to run, do some “Intermittent” training first. This has nothing to do with your mamby, pamby, bambi jogging crap, and everything to do with short bursts of speed that quickly raise your heart-beat above 150 beats per minute! This will improve stamina for longer distance running to follow.
Start by running flat out, for 7 seconds. Then take 14 seconds to recover. Repeat 7 times. When you’re comfortable with this, bump it up to 20 seconds running, 60 seconds recovery, and do this 6 times. Your body builds oxidative stress, producing deadly free radical laden cortisol it the muscles of your legs. So when you get home, it’s vital you stretch your leg behind your back for 20 seconds to stretch upper leg muscle, and push foot far out behind you to stretch calf muscle for 20 seconds.
This releases the cortisol into the blood where your body can deal with and dispose of it. Do this in the shower while you wash the sweat off. Additionally, gradually turn the water cold to help reduce inflammation concerning a badly inflamed body already. I’ll delve much more deeply into this when we discuss nutrition.
When at rest, insulin allows glucose to enter a blood-cell, via the liver, using a 20 step pathway to produce 2 units of energy. This is anaerobic in nature. Exercise, producing rapid breathing, releases pyruvate, triggering an 8 step pathway, releasing 36 units of energy. Big difference! Hence the term: “aerobic exercise.” This effect is accumulative and remains with you for 48 hours! Is this benefit not worth one hour of your time every 2 days?
Exercise produces lactic acid. You exhale acidic carbon dioxide and balance your P.H. via the lungs, kidneys and the “Urine Ammonia System” secreting some organic acid found in protein, further balancing your P.H. This is an amazing way your body keeps P.H. in check!
Your body adheres to a circadian rhythm. To follow this properly, I go to bed by 11 pm. and rise at 6 am. The room must be completely dark. You can also shut off the computers blinking car lights as well, in most cases. By staying up late, munching on popcorn, watching Bugs Bunny, you interrupt your body’s natural rhythm and impede its ability to perform repairs. Get your proper sleep…
Always properly ventilate your dwelling both day and night. It’s no secret that a polluted environment is a stressful one; between 3 and 5 times more polluted, to be more precise. Lack of oxygen; not a great stress reliever!
Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin. It’s a hormone; and a very important one at that. A lack of this sunshine hormone triggers depression. Depression in turn, creates confusion, which is also very stressful. Just 20 minutes of sunshine a day produces 10,000 IU of vitamin D! Those in more northern latitudes should supplement with 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day during the winter months.
Everyone knows this is important for your sense of well being, yet did you also know it’s a great stress reliever as well? Somehow hearing the troubles of others can greatly diminish our perception of our own. It also points out that you’re not alone in facing adversity. Organizing various outings also gives you a substantially better reason to live than a: “Days of Our Lives” soap opera! Don’t you agree?
Curb Your Anger:
Spilling a few graduals on the counter whist making a coffee, is no big deal. However, to my room-mate, it is! This small wonder can drive him right berserk complaining: “Why can’t I just get up and make a coffee, without wading through all of this Bull-shit?”
I can sympathise with his dilemma. I really can! I’ve been there myself! It sometimes seems like the entire world, including the laws of physics, is plotting against you. That’s why we sometimes attack inanimate objects; just sitting there looking all innocent. But we know different! They’re laughing at us behind closed doors! In fact, when angry, we’ll go out of our way to beat up a sofa; sometimes even flushing twice, just for revenge!
It’s by no means easy, yet a conscious effort to abstain from an angry episode, raising your blood pressure and releasing stress causing hormones, can and will greatly increase your tolerance levels! Then you could get hit by a stray rock, and no big deal; a slight concussion perhaps, but survivable.
Curl Up With a Good Book:
Thrift stores often carry reams of good condensed Readers Digest books filled with non-fiction, real life heart throbbing’s experiences certain to help you doze off at night. I find one chapter a night sufficient.
I do hope you’ve found some of these tips useful in relieving stress. This planet seems to spin faster every day, putting a taxing demand on all of us! Yet, if we can keep our cool, if we can employ some method of coping, we’re well on our way to a happier, heathier, extended life. Thank you for your patronage :o)