Are you performing at your peak potential?
(hint: it depends on how well you recover)
This series was originally written for our clients suffering from fatigue, muscle tension, pain/inflammation—and other symptoms associated with elevated stress levels.
Lo and behold..
It became popular with athletes and fitness buffs.
Because it can supercharge recovery and performance.
Most advanced athletes bust their butts in training, but don't get enough sleep to recovery optimally.
They eat a lot of the right foods, but miss out on a few that can speed up muscle recovery and decrease inflammation.
And their stress levels are THROUGH THE ROOF.
If this sounds like you, read every word below with an open mind. You'll find that strategically "taking your foot off the pedal" can skyrocket your performance.
You'll find more than a few tips, tricks, and physiology hacks to unplug, recharge, and kick some tail.
Because we address virtually every facet of recovery and performance in this series.. we call it "Total R&R".
And here's to getting some much needed "R&R"...
I’ll explain the above diagram first, because there’s a hidden danger in how we commonly think about the Stress-Response process.
(Hint: It’s a bad idea to ignore the root cause, and swallow a pill that just addresses SYMPTOMS.)
This model is based on a principle called the Yerkes-Dodson Law—commonly known as the Stress Response Curve—
but tweaked in one crucial way:
It reveals how to "hack" the stress/tension process.
How to intercept it.
In its most basic form, it works like this:
Up to a certain point, stress improves performance.
When the stress levels become too high, performance suffers.
And if left unchecked, simple stressors can become chronic stress.
Chronic stress can change the body's nervous system by constricting blood vessels and reducing blood flow to soft tissues—including muscles, tendons, and nerves.
It can also cause a buildup of biochemical waste products in the muscles—resulting in muscle tension, spasms, and pain.
And in some cases—behavioral disturbances, metabolic hormone fluctuations, lack of motivation, and anxiety.
Here's the key to preventing this:
the ability to recognize when performance STARTS to decline.
I call this the Interception Point.
This is when you start noticing little chinks in your armor...
You aren't sleeping well, and aren't recovering as well.
You're more tired than usual and feel more aches and pain.
And—you're experiencing muscle tension.
Which could include cramping and spasms, or just a general feeling of restlessness and tension (especially in the evening).
THIS IS WHEN you can intervene. But it requires taking a step back.
In order to perform at your best. Think your best. And FEEL your best…
You need to REGULARLY unplug and decompress.
And even though most people ATTEMPT to decompress...
The commonly accepted… and commonly PRACTICED ways of relieving stress actually INCREASE STRESS AND TENSION.
I want to repeat this because it's that important…
what you do to de-stress… likely increases stress.
Instead of “refilling your bucket” each night… you’re draining it even more.
I’ll talk more about the most dangerous of these so-called “stress relievers” in a bit.
Hacking the Stress-Response Process
The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) stimulates the stress response (a.k.a. “fight or flight” response).
The Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) stimulates the relaxation response.
(For example, your relaxation response is activated after eating and when aroused.)
These two systems are designed to balance each other out:
the SNS is activated when it's needed for energy (e.g. running from a predator), and the PNS is activated when the body needs to temporarily shut down and recover.
Most athletes and fitness junkies have an over-productive SNS,
and an under-productive PNS.
Which is why you need to understand, AND BE ABLE TO ACTIVATE, your body's relaxation response.
There are ways to "hack" your own biochemistry.. and activate your Parasympathetic Nervous System.
They involve regularly downshifting... unplugging... and resetting your internal pressure gauge.
Once you understand this, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to recognize and change your internal environment.
Instead of letting all this “software” run in the background, you’ll be in command of it.
- Deeper, more recuperative sleep
- High-energy mornings (instead of groggy, “hung-over” mornings)
- Improved endurance and focus (both mental and physical)
- Lower stress levels
(ya, kinda like this)
It's easy once you have all the pieces to the puzzle.
(That's where we come in.)
After witnessing a literal EPIDEMIC of these symptoms with our clients—we decided to do something about it.
While pretty much every company in the Health & Fitness Industry was focused on improving performance and strength without thinking about long-term health...
We did the opposite.
We dissected muscle tension and muscle relaxation techniques... and developed a protocol to completely neutralize it.
Through our research, we realized that muscle tension and "burnout" are pieces of a much bigger puzzle (which is what this program is all about).
There are a handful of natural, scientifically-proven supplements that help neutralize muscle tension.
You'll learn about these below... BUT you'll also learn about the EVERY DAY activities that are causing your muscle tension, cramps, soreness and pain.
(In fact, you're probably doing AT LEAST one of them at this very moment.)
Interested in learning more?
(And in the process—learning to sleep more efficiently, manage stress hormones, and boost cognitive performance...?)
If so, click the button below and get instant access to our most popular report: "The Top 5 Natural Muscle Relaxers".
In this report, you'll learn:
- How to activate your PNS on demand
- The everyday activity that stimulates your body's stress response (and how to minimize its damaging effects)
- The nighttime ritual that helps you unplug and recharge
- Which foods and drinks to add (and avoid) for muscle relaxation
- The "muscle and nerve" mineral that 48% of the U.S. is deficient in (and how to get more of it)
This report will give you the tools to immediately self-diagnose — and manage your own muscle tension and stress levels.
And—over the next few days I'll send you "bite sized" emails on how to master your stress hormones, improve sleep quality, and boost performance (without stimulants).
We call this program "Total R&R".
Because it addresses every facet of relaxation, recovery, and performance.
Other than doing this out of the goodness of our hearts, this material MAY be part of an upcoming research/book project... so might not be here forever. 🙂
(In all seriousness—our mission is to help you reveal your best self through our therapeutic health products and content.
We're providing this information to help you gain an in depth understanding of muscle tension/relaxation—so you can sleep like a rock, wake up with energy, and perform at YOUR BEST.)
AS OF NOW—it's absolutely free (even though I keep being told to charge for it).We'll send you the report via email immediately, and the rest of the program in the next few days.
Ready? Click the button below and get instant access:
- Brendan Hall
Director of Research & Development
Saltwrap Biolabs & Publishing