How to use exercise to reduce cortisol

Have you ever thought about how to use exercise to reduce cortisol? Yes? No? A lot of women have thought twice about it because diet culture constantly tells us “exercise more” (and “eat less”). But too much of a good thing is not always a good thing! 

How to use exercise to reduce cortisol

Many of the women who come to me for one-on-one and group coaching come to me with hormonal imbalances. Many of these imbalances are a result of overtraining. They’ve adopted the ‘all or nothing’ approach to their nutrition and fitness which has left their hormones wrecked and in much need of repair and rejuvenation.⁠⁠
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What is Overtraining Syndrome?⁠⁠
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Overtraining and overtraining syndrome is a real thing and it’s not reserved for extreme athletes. Everyday women who are actively pursuing their own weight loss goals often fall into the overtraining trap. They go into the gym seeking results with hours and hours (and hours) of training. They do not allow their bodies to rest and recover between workouts and they end up damaging their hormones, and their bodies.⁠⁠
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Symptoms of overtraining syndrome include:⁠⁠
 
  • insomnia⁠⁠
  • fatigue⁠⁠
  • headaches⁠⁠
  • frequent colds, infections, and sore throats⁠⁠
  • moodiness or irritability⁠⁠
  • anxiety and panic attacks⁠⁠
  • change in menstrual cycle⁠⁠
  • numbness or tingling in the hands or feet⁠⁠
  • repeated injuries, body aches, and pains⁠⁠
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If you’re experiencing any of these on a regular basis, you may be overtraining. This overtraining impacts your hormones in negative ways and can cause your weight loss to stall, or even worse, cause it to reverse itself, meaning weight gain, especially in the belly area!⁠⁠
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I don’t overtrain (anymore), and I don’t recommend it for my clients either. Are you overtraining?⁠⁠
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My latest self-paced group coaching mentorship includes 8 weeks of workouts that will not stress-out your body. Instead, you’ll build strength and break a sweat with workouts that are efficient, effective, and 30 minutes or less! ⁠⁠
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