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