On Saturday I met up with an old friend of mine who use to suffer with stress major to do some training.
He moved to Scandinavia a few of years back with his work.
He was telling me about the whole mens communal shower thing over there.
Now before you start thinking he’s goes to some dodgy sauna club, this is actually his local gym.
So there you are drying off the crown jewels and ‘Sven’ wanders over and wants to talk football whilst naked!
I know guys…where do you look!
Anyway the Scandinavians are cool with this.
They don’t stress about it.
Infact they don’t stress about much.
That’s the biggest thing I noticed about my friend.
Not that he likes to chat naked, but the stress.
A few year back when I was training him, he was working in London.
Up at 4:30am
Then get ready for the next day.
He enjoyed his training, he knew it was important to stay healthy.
But he was always tired and stressed.
Almost to the point that he got use to it and accepted it.
It was only until he was removed completely from it that his health and well being improved.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few year you would have read about the evidence linking stress and health.
It could be physical, psychological or manifest in other ways.
It definitely plays a role in weight gain.
So a simple thing to ask yourself is where across your day could you get rid of a little stress?
Not answering your emails until you’ve done an hour at work?
Take yourself out at lunch time for a walk?
Make sure you get that train home so you can read a story to your kids?
Get to training on time?
The city wont collapse if you aren’t there past 6pm and the wine can wait till the weekend!
Have a good evening.
Russell ‘Sven’ Pearcy
Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.