This is one of my favourite type of workouts, its low impact and includes an active recovery. If you are looking to lose weight this exercise is great because you are moving the entire time at a steady pace without putting too much stress on the body and keeping your cortisol levels in check.

Cortisol is the hormone most commonly associated with stress. Don’t get me wrong cortisol isn't all bad. Cortisol is produced during the “fight or flight” response and is blamed for anxiety, high blood pressure, stroke, etc., it is still necessary for optimal brain and body function. The fight or flight mode is one that humans have developed in order to quickly and efficiently respond to threatening stimuli in our environment, and that spike in cortisol is a good thing.

Beyond that, cortisol plays a part in helping our brains form memories, allowing us to feel alert and awake, managing inflammation in the body, supporting our metabolism, and more. The trouble arises when we are stuck in fight or flight mode and our cortisol levels never return to normal.

Symptoms of high cortisol includes:

  • Weight gain in the midsection

  • Mood swings, which show as anxiety, depression or irritability.

  • Muscle weakness

  • Osteoporosis

  • Hight blood pressure

  • A flushed and round face.

When it comes cortisol balance is key! Five easy ways to lower your cortisol levels:

  1. Eat real food - lots of veggies

  2. Drink water

  3. Exercise daily

  4. Prioritize sleep

  5. Do things that spark joy - relax!

Alright, now that I've bored you with facts, it's time to move! Let me know how you like this quick workout.

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