Whatever you do, it is very important to pay attention to the details. The same goes to when building your body! Alas, going to the gym 3 times a week and sticking to a healthy diet isn’t enough, as there are a lot of things that can prevent you from reaching your goal even if you’re doing everything right. Drinking lots of water, making pauses for restoration between trainings and having a good sleep routine is very important for your progress in sports. At the same time, you shouldn’t forget about the correct technique of doing exercises, a well-designed trainings program and a really healthy diet. Apart from all the mentioned above factors, stress also plays a huge role.
Let’s be honest, we live in a century when peace of mind is a rare and valuable gift. No one is protected against huge amounts of work, family problems, or just a lot of things on the to-do list that are not so easy to complete. All these things provoke stress, that has a negative effect on your body functioning.
First and foremost, stress causes the production of cortisol, that contributes to catabolic reactions in the body. As a result, you rapidly lose muscle weight, and your strength and endurance decrease over time, even if you don’t stop training. Your nervous system health is connected with gastrointestinal tract. Stress can cause complete loss of appetite, or on the contrary, lead to awful hunger. Both these variants won’t lead to any good for your body and health. And of course, stress can become the reason of insomnia, which will impact your sleep regimen.
If you feel psychological stress, you first have to exclude all the problems on the physiological level. Herbal teas will help you to relax and sleep better. Use it instead of black tea and coffee, that, on the contrary, trigger nervous system.
Even if you don’t have any appetite, try to stick to your diet by maximum. Fat food or hunger damage your nervous system. Spend 10-15 minutes every day doing yoga or stretching. Your muscles will relax, and you will be able to at least briefly disconnect from everything that burdens you. It is very important to know how to relax during the day. Also try to pay attention to your spine. A squeezed area of the cervical and trapezoid can negatively affect your blood supply. No matter how trite it may sound, but squeezed spine muscles can increase stress and anxiety levels during the day. You can also take melatonin, that is known as sleep hormone. It will make it easier to relax and fall asleep despite the stress experienced though the day.
Why You Shouldn’t Drink Alcohol When Doing Sports
Alcohol is harmful for your body and nervous system. However, it is very rare to meet a person who doesn’t allow himself to drink a glass of wine or whiskey from time to time. And there is really nothing awful in moderate use of alcohol, for example, on holidays. But in this issue there is a number of hidden dangers for people who work out, which should be avoided.
Alcohol strongly impacts cardiovascular system. If you combine workout with a hangover or alcohol intake, the load on your heart will increase by several times, which will only worsen the negative effects of alcohol for your body, and the workout won’t give any results. After drinking alcohol, it is not recommended to do neither strength routine, nor cardio trainings. As a maximum, you may go for a walk. One alcohol intake means that you haven’t worked out for minimum 1 day, and won’t work out for 1 more day. Thus, you lose one day of trainings a week, that will definitely impact your results, if you drink alcohol at least once a week.
But not only the frequency of workouts and the decrease of cardiovascular system efficiency influence your results. Alcohol intake is a stress for your body, which makes it produce the cortisol hormone. Cortisol provokes catabolic reactions in the body. In other words, you start losing muscle mass. If all your workouts are aimed at gaining muscle weight, you have to completely eliminate alcohol from your diet, until you reach the desired parameters.
Another disadvantage is that metabolic processes in the body become imbalanced and your regimen gets broken. If you drink until late, or wake up too early because of feeling bad, you get lack of sleep as a result. It again leads to the production of cortisol (restless sleep with frequent awakenings is also lack of sleep). Dehydration is the “best friend” of alcohol intake, which slows down metabolism, on the measured work of which every sportsman who intends to achieve good form works. Alcohol also makes any food to get absorbed worse for some time, without even mentioning that drinking alcoholic beverages makes you crave for fat or salty food instead of healthy one.
So, if you want to drink even a little bit, it is very important to understand all the disadvantages it will bring not only for your health, but also for your results in sports.