Exercising to help recover from exhaustion
If your goal is to get back in shape, and you are exhausted, being told you must exercise can sound like a punishment. You might want to move, but your body says no way. Be kind to yourself. If you are suffering from chronic stress, physical depletion, or even depression, it is true that exercise will help you feel much better, but you need to make adjustments gradually, as your body allows. There are several sources of this very real physical state, and if you want to read about adrenal exhaustion at greater length, consider Dr. Christiane Northrup informative article on the subject. Click here to read it in its entirety.
Adrenal fatigue a contra-indication to intense, and sometimes even mild exercise The adrenal glands make adrenaline. In an overly stressed state, particularly chronic excess stress or intense acute stress, these glands that are supposed to provide energy, protection, immune support, and homeostasis when we encounter a challenging and stressful situation are no longer able to provide this function. Among other symptoms, exhaustion prevails. Getting out of bed is hard enough. Going for a bike ride or a hearty walk is out of the question. Here is an interesting article on adrenal fatigue if you want to learn more.
Your body does not conk out without provocation. There is always a lead up to this level of exhaustion. You can find out how this happened by looking at your habits, even going back months or years. Our bodies are incredibly resilient. Even still, if we abuse our bodies over time, even the strongest and healthiest of us will falter. For those with underlying medical or health issues, the effect of misuse or abuse is even more dramatic.
Using very general strokes here, there are some steps you can take to, well, take more steps. To get off of the sofa in order to get back in life. You can overcome any enormous resistance to getting back in shape if you are determined and willing to move gradually at first.
- Begin with the end in mind. Remind yourself that it will be worth it to get your body back. Take extra good care of yourself and be reasonable with the demands you place on your body.
- Be kind, loving, and patient. Even if you used to be a high-performance athlete, if your body has become exhausted, you will need to take baby steps before you make a big leap. If you can handle a ten minute walk, and that is all you can do now, walk for ten minutes until it becomes easier. Only then should you add length, or pick up your speed.
- Nurture your body with nutritious-dense food. Avoid junk food at all costs. Fruits, veggies, lean protein, plenty of filtered or purified water, nutritional supplements, healthy carbs (like veggies, not like sugary snacks), and healthy fats. You can speed up your body’s healing process with good nutrition. In a depleted state low-grade food will take its toll at a time when your body is craving nourishment.
- Exposure to toxins in the form of pollution, pesticides, excess alcohol, excess sugar and refined carbohydrates, and tobacco are particularly ill-advised when you are healing your body.
- Make time for rest and restoration. Make adjustments in your schedule to take care of you.
- Check in with yourself. Exercising that is right for your body will give you energy back. If you overdo it, you will feel more tired. Aim for the former, and avoid the later.
With love and encouragement,
Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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