Welcome to Workout Wednesdays, the new Playboy.com fitness blog by Jayde Nicole - personal trainer, fitness nutritionist, health nut, TV personality and, last but not least, Playboy’s 2008 Playmate of the Year. Check back each week for Jayde’s latest tips, and be sure to visit her all-new fitness website JaydeNicole.com.
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Stress is something we all deal with on a daily basis. We have demanding jobs, busy schedules, family life and, of course, our love lives that cause us stress and in turn cause us to gain weight. Stress can also cause sleep irregularity, loss of sex drive, autoimmune diseases and even heart disease. Most people just accept the fact that they are stressed and don’t do anything about it. I’m here to teach you how easy it is to eliminate and deal with your stress and become a healthier, happier you.
Think about the things that really trigger your stress hormones. Is it a certain person at work? A roommate or partner who always leaves their stuff lying around? A family issue you haven't dealt with? Whatever it is, you need to confront it head-on! Tell your roommate that leaving dirty dishes in the sink drives you crazy. Deal with your issues, resolve them and try to eliminate as much unnecessary stress as possible.
It sounds silly, but creating a routine, using your handy cell phone calendar and making to-do lists can really help. Having everything in order allows you to feel less overwhelmed and out of control—a huge cause of stress.
There are so many foods out there that actually help tame or counterbalance the hormones that stress causes and enhance your mood. Oatmeal is a great breakfast food: It sends an amino acid called tryptophan to your brain, which triggers the creation of serotonin. This creates a calm and happy feeling. Other foods that trigger a similar reaction are pistachios (one of my favorite snacks), pineapple, dark chocolate, spinach, eggs, water, avocado and a glass of red wine. So head to the grocery store and stock up!
Now that you’ve gotten rid of all the stress triggers, it's time to manage the type of stress you just can’t avoid. If you want to be successful you are always going to have to deal with some sort of stress. Using things like lavender or sandalwood scented candles in your home (don’t worry guys—it’ll be our little secret), drinking chamomile tea and taking a supplement with calcium and magnesium can also help you de-stress when you're done with your work day.
Yes, it's true: Girls and guys alike seem to always use the excuse of stress as a reason not to have sex, but did you know that it is actually a huge stress reliever? When you have sex your body releases oxytocin and endorphins that make you feel happy and energized. More sex in a relationship usually results in a happier partnership as well, and less arguing also means less stress! Exercise is another great way to release these hormones. So hit the bedroom and the gym!
Next week: Five Great Workout Dates
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