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Don't Laugh: I Might be an Olympian rod

Posted by MrSandman on April 19, 2004, at 15:51:21

In reply to Re: Short Rest Breaks Can Prevent Post-Exercise Cr, posted by rod on April 19, 2004, at 7:14:55

> >When you begin to feel stressed and tense while working out, take a break (lie down and stretch) for up to 3 minutes. You'll retain the conditioning effect without building such high levels of cortisol.
> Hmmm, I definetly never lied down.
> must look quite strange to others if I lie besides the path.. :)
> But thanks, I will consider this the next time!
> Roland

Consider it an innoculation against social phobia. LOL

On two occasions some kind souls indeed stopped to inquire about my health-my PHYSICAL health. I have since found that some slight activity indicating consciousness but not mistakable for a distress signal keeps the Good Samaritans at bay. I glance at my watch, do some light yoga stretches, and fidget in the way that serious athletes do between events, trying not to look like an invalid.

Actually this technique of taking short breaks during a workout to reduce cortisol levels originated in the world of competitive sports. The stress chemicals that accumulate during prolonged periods of stress are catabolic: they cause the body to consume its own muscle tissue-and neurotransmitters- as emergency sources of fuel. Obviously, athletes are as motivated to conserve muscle mass as we are to conserve neurotransmitters.




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