by Dana Cavalea October 08, 2017

Not satisfied with work?
Have a project going on that is dominating your mind?
Perhaps you have some issues going on with a family member?
No matter what it is, when your mind begins to "RACE" and your head space becomes crowded and pressurized,  leaving your desire, motivation, and ability to train/ exercise/ and eat well become suppressed.
Ultimately, this leads to more fatigue and weight gain.
In the field of PERFORMANCE TRAINING, when you work with high levels athletes, aside from asking, "How are you feeling today" to gauge their mental position and fatigue, we use something called HRV, or HEART RATE VARIABILITY.
When you look at an athletes HEART RATE VARIABILITY, this is based off of a consistent RESTING HEART RATE... meaning, if you were to come and see me over the course of a month, I would be able to see what you "normal" resting heart rate is and that would be your baseline.
Or, if that is showing elevation above normal or average, I would then assume you are in a state of ANXIETY, or SYMPATHETIC OVERLOAD (basically living in a flight or fight response).
What is scary about being in a state of OVERLOAD is that your RESTING STATEis elevated to a point as if you are constantly running.... leading rapid fatigue when training and even muscle strains and breakdown because of this OVER-EXCITED State.
This is common in high performers who are typically "STRESSED".. and as a result, when they go and exercise using volume, mileage, and extended periods of time, the body takes this on as MORE STRESS, eventually leading to a breakdown (muscle strain, stress/ panic, colds, gastro issues, & cardiovascular event).
SCARY STUFF... exercise can actually kill youif you are in this over-amped state chronically and apply the right amount of volume to it.
SO for those who are having issues losing weight, you must check your mindset and stress levels. If you feel fatigued all the time and racing mentally, your HRV is probably running on overdrive.
Reducing your overall activity and most importantly intensity of you activity is your answer,along with daily deep breathing, stretching, massage, meditation, long walks, hot bath soaks, and even time away from your day to day.
If you don't, you will not only feel terrible day in and day out, but you will speed up your aging process as well due to the amount of stress you are putting on your bodies key systems and organs.
A classic example of this is a CEO/ Corporate Executive or even an older Pro Athlete who looks tired and worn out... after they retire or "take a sabbatical" they look like a different person...
Leave the stimulus that is causing you this higher level of excitability behind and BOOM... back on track is you have also re-calibrated your mindset.
Negative thoughts, stress, negative stimulus all lead to decreased physical performance and health.
In the world of health & fitness the main conversation is "EXERCISE & NUTRITION" based.. but those are topical solutions...
Get in your head to Win.
You must also GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD... or YOUR DEAD.#trainlikeapro#buildingchampions
Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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