Mon, May 10, 2021 | Uncategorized
Why Spring Shreds?
Why Spring Shred?
As spring rolls in, our coaching team is preparing to launch SPRING SHRED and SPRING LEAN.
Out with the obvious ‘preparing for summer’, why is spring specifically a prime time to commit to following a training and nutrition program?
Over the month of May, our blog is going to be solely focused on explaining why we believe spring is the best time to commit to transforming your body composition with our spring shreds plan!
It all starts with motivation. If you are lacking in motivation you are much less likely to adhere to a plan and here’s why motivation can be affected in the lead up to spring.
During the winter months, it’s common for us as humans to go into mini ‘hibernation’ mode. Especially in the northern hemisphere the days become short, the weather is cold and wet and our motivation can dwindle with a lack of natural light.
Harsh winters also make for a less favourable place to farm-fresh produce with freezing conditions impacting the quality of our vegetables and livestock.
A lack of natural light can also be related to high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. This has been shown to affect our mood, motivation and even sleep quality. (1)
Now, as spring approaches and the seasons change, we see a turn in the tide. Longer days, more sunlight exposure, better weather conditions (sometimes!) and with these changes comes a natural boost to our mood.
The common SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is lifted and our mood, motivation and energy levels seem to be boosted!
But why is this?
“Serotonin has been implicated in the aetiology and treatment of depression since the advent of the tricyclic antidepressants during the middle of the last century.12 Since that time, various types of disruptions in the serotonin system have been implicated in a number of psychopathologies, including mood disorders and schizophrenia.13 In keeping with this theme, the serotonin system may be one potential mediator of the seasonal exacerbations encountered in individuals with various types of psychopathology.”
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is primarily located in three areas of the body: 1) the central nervous system, 2) the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract (the largest producer of serotonin), and 3) the blood platelets.13 Serotonin is synthesized from the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is orally ingested and found in foods such as bananas, pineapples, plums, turkey, and milk.
In short, Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body. It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.
Interestingly Serotonin is also a precursor to Melatonin, the body’s master sleep hormone. Increased levels of Serotonin converted into Melatonin can contribute to our body preparing for a quality nights sleep.
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation will negatively impact mood and motivation, flip that on its head and you can guess what a quality night’s sleep will do!
As the seasons change and we begin to gain more sunlight, we begin to gain more motivation. This in turn can improve our sleep, digestion and energy levels which all have a positive effect on performance.
If we are to adhere to a plan which requires discipline, it would be in our favour to do so whilst motivation is high, energy levels are peaking and performance/recovery is strong!
The seasonal change that spring brings aids on all these fronts and really does set us up for success!
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