I bet your crush has given you some crazy butterflies. Or maybe watching horror movies have made your heart to beat rapidly. Be it a roller coaster ride or appearing for an interview, stress or excitement, fight or flight, adrenaline always finds a way.
So how do you deal with it?
Maybe you try to meditate, talk to your friends, or go get some fresh air. But there is one more thing that can work flawlessly and that is exercise. Yes, try channelizing all that rush into exercise and note the aftermath because where there is a will, there is a way.
You must have heard a plethora of ways in which stress is detrimental, both physically as well as mentally. But you may also have heard people say, “I work best under pressure.” Ironic, isn’t it?
What do you think pushes them to self-actualize? What is it that makes them think fast on their feet? It is indeed that adrenaline. That not-so-good stress hormone.
Adrenaline rush and exercise
When the body is flooded with adrenaline, the brain is alert, engaged, and focused. You’re able to handle cognitive tasks more quickly.
Similarly, when it comes to working out, you can actually use adrenaline to help yourself ace the process. Adrenaline can be useful in maximizing your workout and help you reach remarkable heights.
Now, to reap the benefits of adrenaline, it is important that you build and maintain that rush from the very beginning, until the very end. When you build your adrenaline levels slowly, you will sustain the energy throughout your entire workout.
Once you’re feeling the buzz, you can make the most of it with a simple mental trick. “Take a few seconds to appreciate what’s happening to your body,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., the author of Better Than Perfect. Focus on your heart rate or breath speeding up, and remind yourself that it’s a sign that your body is giving you the energy boost you need to succeed!
Now let me give you an example. A great way of using up and accessing adrenaline is by practicing high-intensity training such as HIIT. It’s essentially a condensed rapid-fire exercise requiring small bursts of intense workouts in between rest periods.
Mind you, when training under such intensity, it’s also very important that your body remains stocked up with the right nutrients, particularly protein.
Adrenaline can be a helpful tool when heading for those last few sets. It may provide you with that last jolt of energy as you begin to tire. After releasing adrenaline, the relief felt afterward carries throughout the day allowing you to tackle tasks with focus and upbeat energy.
This is why exercise serves a greater purpose beyond just building muscle; it’s also a fantastic way of utilizing this adrenaline and shedding stress which contributes to your wellbeing.
Thus, as long as it’s not long-lasting, that a burst of human jet fuel can actually do you good and be your best exercise buddy!