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vi­tal­ity, they pack a ma­jor punch in help­ing to cre­ate this.

Ini­tially dur­ing a short-term stress re­sponse such as in­tense ex­er­cise, the adrenals re­lease cor­ti­sol and adren­a­line which acts to in­crease the heart rate, blood pres­sure and blood sugar lev­els, the ner­vous sys­tem re­sponse known as ‘‘fight or flight’’.

When this short-term stress be­comes long term (from in­ten­sive ex­er­cise or even stress from chronic ill­ness, work or re­la­tion­ships) the adrenal glands can no longer cope and hor­mone lev­els can drop. The ‘‘fight or flight’’ re­sponse that his­tor­i­cally pro­tected us from preda­tors, was not de­signed to pro­tect us from this con­stant low-grade stress we are of­ten ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in today’s world.

Symp­toms such as low li­bido, hor­monal im­bal­ances, com­pro­mised im­mu­nity, fa­tigue (even af­ter eight hours’ sleep), sugar crav­ings, weight plateau or weight gain and the in­abil­ity to con­cen­trate be­come ev­i­dent.

More so than ever be­fore it is essential to lis­ten to your body. Choose your move­ment op­tions wisely, not out of guilt or for calo­rie ex­pen­di­ture. A walk on the beach with a close friend or a stroll through a park tak­ing no­tice of the sights, smells and sounds. You might find that em­brac­ing a breath-fo­cused yoga prac­tice is more en­er­gis­ing for

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In­tense ex­er­cise com­bined with our hec­tic lifestyles can leave us feel­ing tired.

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