A lot of fitness content these days focuses on slowing down, meditation, and breathing exercises. That’s because we live in a constant state of low-grade stress and we literally have to teach ourselves to rest.
There’s nothing wrong with that message, BUT in order to burn fat and boost energy, doing the opposite is just as important. A little bit of that stress goes a long way.
Let me explain.
In the central nervous system, you’ve got the automatic nervous system which branches out into 2 major components:
- the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), and
- the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).
The parasympathetic nervous system’s function is restorative; it returns the body to a calm state and prevents it from burning out. The sympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, is responsible for the body’s fight-or-flight response.
Although we tend to focus on the PNS’ role for optimal energy, a lot of great stuff happens in the sympathetic nervous system, too.
It’s how we get alertness, extra blood to our muscles, and a release of stored energy a.k.a. fat loss.
Of course, we don’t want our bodies in a chronic state of fight-or-flight mode, but how can we harness the good effects that this kind of stress has on our bodies?
And, how do we stay SNS dominant when we need it without being in a low-grade chronic state of stress?
In this episode of the Million Dollar Body Podcast, you’ll find out HOW and WHY striking a balance between your PNS and your SNS is your hidden superpower for fat loss.
- What to focus on in your training that will activate both an SNS and PNS response
- What to cut out of your life that’s keeping you in a state of chronic stress
- Strategies to harness the power of your body’s automatic responses
If you’re ready to work with your body’s natural process to burn fat and boost energy, this episode is for you!