Burnout is thought to be one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the western world this century.
Every day, businesses are loosing billions of dollars in a lack of productivity due to poor stress management and stress leave.
It is very clear that there is a big need for the corporate world to get educated on the identification, treatment and prevention for this so called ‘burnout’.
One of the biggest misconceptions around ‘burnout’ and ‘adrenal fatigue’ is what type of exercise is ideal while a victim of this sickness is in recovery?
First of all, what is this ‘burnout’? And is this the same as ‘adrenal exhaustion’?
Merriam Webster defines burnout as ‘the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time’.
Adrenal Fatigue.org describes, “Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress”.
It is clear that both of these conditions are very similar and many would comment that these descriptions capture most of society, in our stess-laden reality. This is why it is vital that we understand how to treat these closely related issues.
The exercise modality, which a sufferer chooses to engage with, can mean the difference between the burnout victim having a swift, painless recovery, versus a debilitating crash in energy levels and general health.
Stage one and two adrenal fatigue is less severe than three and four; therefore your body is more resilient to exercise because the affects of the exhausted adrenals is less severe.
If however, the victim is in the later stages, high intensity exercise can be devastating to the body and can be the cause of ‘adrenal crashes’ which means a down-regulation in all of the body’s organs and systems eg poor digestion, disruption in hormones and thyroid function, compromised immune system.
The problem is that individuals with stages one and two go undiagnosed because all they feel is that they are tired more than what they think they should be.
Unfortunately the solution to this fatigue is generally to consume a coffee or some sort of stimulant to negate the affects of feeling tired, which will then add more fuel to the fire of ‘burnout’ and quickly park them into the later stages of the condition.
Assuming that most individuals only realise they are in ‘adrenal fatigue’ or ‘burnout’ when they hit stage three and four, they are in a much more volatile ‘red zone’ which can be touch and go with their overall health unless treated correctly.
First and foremost it is extremely important to avoid high intensity exercise during your preliminary stages of correcting your condition, albeit, you also do not want to avoid exercise all together as this will also limit your recovery.
It is suggested by leading doctors in the ‘burnout’ world that the arsenal chosen should be undertaken in three stages:
- Beginner: focus on breathing and stretching
- Intermediate:focus on toning and strengthening
- Advanced :focus on fluidity and control
- Regular Yoga
- Power Yoga
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If we shed light on a common theme here, it is very clear from the world’s most prestigious doctors say that yoga therapy is by far the most successful treatment.
This modality teaches students breathing techniques; helps build flexibility in the body as well as toning, strengthening and develops aerobic fitness.
The Yoga journal states that ‘yoga practice is great for providing recovery and can also help you deal with stressful circumstances without having such a strong negative reaction’ which a very important point to consider.
Not only does the physical practice of yoga help you heal your body from the impacts of adrenal fatigue, but it also provides tools to have more ideal stress management.
The reality is that most of us are going to be exposed to ‘stress’ regularly, however the only control we have over it, is how we take it on or choose to not allow it to impact our physical and emotional health.
All types of fun yoga modalities are on the menu in most towns and cities with everything from standup paddle board yoga to dance yoga and breathing yoga to suit all taste buds. So there is good reason and purpose why all ‘stressed’ individuals should explore the options and find one that fits your lifestyle, as this could be the game changer in your long term health and happiness.