If you’re anything like me, every day is leg day. While it might be a fitness faux pas, I’m certainly guilty of spot training. At the end of a stressful day, I love walking out of the gym feeling like I’ve challenged my biggest body insecurity. Since I typically prioritize my lower body, I usually find myself burnt out before getting to the rest of my muscle groups. Unfortunately, this typically leads to a plateau in achieving both my fitness & weight loss goals.
Who’s to say you need to give up on prioritizing your favorite workouts to maintain your fitness goals? The real challenge is finding a natural solution to boost your body’s baseline energy levels that allow you to get to those other major muscle groups after a long, stressful day.
Queue the adaptogens!
When dealing with everyday stress, your body will typically produce excess adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that may inhibit your ability to lose weight by increasing cravings and kicking in stress-related fatigue.
Adaptogens work to alleviate the hormonal response by helping the body adapt to the ways an external stressor affects your system. For example, limiting spikes in blood sugar that lead to junk food cravings, so you don’t have to feel so guilty about having to burn off that 3 o’clock Starbucks cake pop. Instead, you can mitigate cravings, making healthier decisions that won’t give you a sugar crash before you leave the office.
Now that we’ve tackled the cravings, let’s get to the real source of the problem; energy. Adaptogens such as cultured cordyceps (mushrooms) and pine pollen contain bioactive nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that improve your body’s sustainable energy level. Instead of taking a shot of espresso to increase your endurance, these two ingredients actually allow you to have a more effective workout by enhancing oxygen uptake, increasing blood flow and fighting lactic acid so you can push yourself beyond your routine workouts and get to those other neglected muscle groups.
It may sound a little contradictory that these miracle mushroom strains and other unusual plants can both help your body combat stress and anxiety while simultaneously energizing you, but the proof is in the name.
Adaptogen’s unique biological properties allow their effects to fit your body’s specific hormonal and chemical needs. The contents of these plants help to strike a unique balance that molds to your body’s demands. So whether you’re in the middle of a work-related catastrophe and can’t seem to calm down or on your third cup of coffee and can’t seem to wake up, adaptogens will work with your system to address your biological and hormonal needs.
By Sydney Fischer