5 Medicinal Plants For Stress Managment

stress managementAdaptogen Herbs are medicinal plants, which have actual stress fighting properties, which you can use to naturally help with stress levels. Since exercising puts stress on the body and mind, how can we manage this and make sure that we protect our body?

These great medicinal herbs are nature’s solution to stress and can help to fight off irritability, anxiety and impatience. Even stressors from work and personal matters can be reduced immediately by using these simple herbal remedies at any time.

5 Medicinal Plans For Stress Management

1. Ginseng

All types of Ginseng can have positive effects such as more antioxidant activity, liver protection and antitoxin activity, improved blood-sugar metabolism, headaches. There are a few ways to find Ginseng, you can even find them in your average energy drinks. However, if you want to take Ginseng without the energy, then simply take Panax Ginseng Capsules and save yourself from the caffeine buzz.

2. Shitake Mushrooms

These mushrooms have been linked to promoting better sleep, reduce stress and fight off fatigue and muscle soreness. You can find them at just about any grocery store with a decent produce section, if you can’t find them there try to go to a speciality grocery mart.

3. Suma

This is a new introduction to North America, commonly known as Brazil’s Ginseng. This medicinal plant contains a variety of vitamins, which are really great for the body such as A, E, B1 and B2. When take regularly this plant will reduce the effects of stress and help you better manage stress in your everyday life.

4. Licorice Root

Everyone has heard of Licorice, but we don’t mean that sweet candy that you can find at the gas station. Actual Licorice Root will improve the immune system and improve your mental chi. Known for its mind calming properties and used for generations in China this medicinal plant will help calm your nerves and fight off stress.

5. Schisandra

This one fight’s of the effects of stress and fatigue so your body can manage stress levels more effectively, and you can get back to better health. This medicinal herb also counters the symptoms of insomnia and improves mental focus and endurance for workouts. So if you want better sleep, and better fitness be sure to add this to your shopping list next time you go out!

5 Ways To Stop Stress From Killing Your Workouts!

stress, workouts, tips for stress, recovery workoutAre you dealing with stress? Like the millions of people out there every day, learn how to cope with stress better especially when you want to maintain great fitness levels.

Stress can really kill your workouts, especially by dehydrating your body and increasing levels of free radicals and cortisol. These awful compounds quickly break down muscle, destroy the recovery after your workouts and never let your muscles repair for your next workout.

Learn how to combat these three awful compounds by adding a little knowledge to the mix. The more you know, the better you will be at protecting your body and stopping muscle breakdown and the demise of your fitness lifestyle.

1. First Put Things At A Distance

Keep distance from your friends, family, co-workers for at least a few weeks so you can focus on fixing your life. When you can focus on who you are and what you need to do, there won’t be anything holding you back, and you can think clearly.

2. Do Relaxation Techniques

Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, hot baths and drinking tea to calm you down, which also helps with metabolism. Stress can make your body stiff, less flexible and will start to add weight to your waist line very quickly. Use any of these methods often to help.

3. Eat Stress Fighting Foods

Eat dark chocolate, skim milk, oatmeal, salmon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, spinach and blueberries. These are great healthy foods that have stress fighting capabilities and will even give you large amounts of protein and nutrients to help with your fitness. Pack at least couple of these in your lunch box every day!

4. Focus On Better Sleeping Habits

Sleeping is the key to removing stress, if you are sleeping well you shouldn’t be so stressed out. Get sleeping aids, take melatonin, drink camomile tea and grab a comfy pillow! Get at least seven hours of deep sleep per night and your body will be better at getting rid of stress.

5. Workout Only When You Feel Rested

Never work out when you are exhausted and will not get a proper workout. If you get to the gym to late, stay at home and plan for a better work out the next day. Take a nice jog instead to tire yourself out for a good night sleep and amazing morning workout!

5 Ways To Stop Muscle Fatigue And Stress

muscle fatigue, stressDo you feel tired after a good workout, or merely too tired the next day? This is a problem many athletes suffer from in terms of muscle fatigue and stress from over training or simply not know how to limit workouts to make them effective rather than to much for themselves.

Muscle fatigue and stress come in waves, sometimes when you don’t realize it’s actually happening. This is what I like to call the “Ignorance-Is-Bliss” effect, when the athlete so focused and determined on working out cannot see the sure-fire signs that they are in the red zone of muscle fatigue and will increase stress to an unsafe level in the body. We have all done this right?

So how do we know when to quit and don’t hurt ourselves? If you love to work out, then you really should know your limitations based on your fitness level. If, for example, you work out often and have been sleeping horribly for a few weeks, it may be best to focus on sleep rather than how much weight you should be lifting.

Here are a 5 ways to stop muscle fatigue and stress if you are having problems keeping your body strong and rested. Without properly setting up your fitness for proper rest and relaxation, it will be extremely hard for you to give it your 110% percent in the gym!

1. Cut Back On The Weights

If you feel tired, out of shape or simply off your game tone back the amount of weight you are using and go lighter. Saving your heavy sets for days that you feel fully alert, well rested and full of energy will be the ones where gains can be made. Cut back the weight and focus on your form, and muscle tone.

2. Don’t Work Until Failure

Forget always working until you’re completely exhausted, that will mess up your recovery periods. Instead, limit your weight training for only 45-60 minutes. Muscles after this point refuses to grow, and your muscles will go into the breakdown mode. Working over this time period can lead to increased levels of stress and muscle fatigue.

3. Use Gloves

In case you don’t use them, try using gloves or wrist straps to combat muscle fatigue and stress. When you can grip the bars much to a greater degree, it will help assist your body and weaker parts such as the wrist bear more stress from heavy weight lifting. Better safer than sorry, so keep that in mind if you feel your points are sore and lots of cracking going on…

4. Take Longer Rest Periods

Rest more in between your sets, you don’t have to rest by much but every few more seconds can really help. Let your muscles get more circulation, rest, and they will thank you by doing better sets. If you rest to short of a time, you risk often over training them. I encourage doing less rest and higher intensity; however, it would be best to rest if you feel that you need it.

5. Get More Rest

Rest, rest and more rest…take another day off and just go for a nice run for twenty minutes down your street. Saving your strength for the next workout will be the best thing you ever do. We all have those days where if we feel like if we take the day off the gym it’s the end of the world. Really, its NOT! Take rest and get a good workout another day, the gym isn’t going anywhere!