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How to Increase Anabolic Hormones by Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System
Hey, Elliott Hulse here.
The very first thing I want to do today, guys, is I will admit to a horrific mistake that I had been making with regard to my training and lifestyle. And along with that admission, I’d like to apologize to you because me being in that state of imbalance has not afforded me the opportunity to serve you and to actually give you this information that I’ve been holding onto for so long. I just didn’t feel right teaching it to you if I wasn’t living it myself.
Now, the mistake that I made with my training was the fact that I was training way too hard. Now, I know that sounds ridiculous, sounds crazy, especially coming from a professional strong man, somebody who trains baseball players and football players, that I was training too hard. But, the fact is that the training that I was doing was imbalanced. My concern is that a lot of you may be doing the same thing. You may have been encouraged by me to do the same thing. And granted, you’ve received a ton of benefit from transcending the flesh and pushing through and persevering and breaking your ass to get the results that you want by working very, very, very hard in the gym and I’m still a proponent of hard work. But, what I want to teach you were today is how to balance that type of training, balance your hard work so that you will get faster, longer lasting, better results with less work. I’ll show you what I mean.
What we’re going to talk about here today is something called the autonomic nervous system. I like to think of the autonomic nervous system, and it’s a branch of your nervous system. If you understand your brain and your spinal cord and all the nerves that shoot out of it, it works as an operating system for your body. The autonomic nervous system I like to think of as our automatic nervous system. It’s subconscious. It totally runs on its own without you having to think about it.
So, the things like your heart beating or different metabolic reactions going on within yourselves, breathing, your hair growing, nails growing, skin, the building of muscle, the repair of tissue and organs, your digestion. You don’t have to think about these things. You don’t work out and then say to yourself, okay, I’ve got to remember to grow. It happens automatically based on the stimulus that you provide. When you’re sick, you don’t have to remind yourself, immune system, please kick-in. I need your help. Or, when you’re sleeping at night, you don’t have to remind your heart to beat. These are all things that happen automatically. They’re running in the background.
Now, an interesting thing about the autonomic nervous system is, it will also respond to outside stimulus. For example, if someone scares you, they jump out of a bush and yell at you, your heart rate skyrockets and your eyes are going to dilate and you’re going to start breathing really heavy. You didn’t have to think about doing that, but there was an outside stimulus that caused that reaction. That’s called the fight or flight reaction, just if you were wondering. What I just described is a reaction that’s provided by one of the branches – you’ve got two branches – of the autonomic nervous system, which is called your sympathetic branch. We’ll talk about that in a moment.
“The reason why the understanding of our autonomic nervous system is so important for building muscle, for having vibrant, vital health, for increasing our sex drive, for having mental focus and clarity, for building the strongest versions of ourselves all around it because we can determine and we can choose the type of outside stimulus to balance the autonomic nervous system ourselves. We have the choice. We can do these things.”
For example, you don’t have to go to a scary movie where things are popping up or jumping or they’re like gross, deformed images of people on a screen that’s going to stimulate a branch of the nervous system that’s probably already over-stimulated. You don’t have to watch the news that stimulates a part of the nervous system. These are all fear based things. You can chose not to do those things, and you can chose to partake of activities and thoughts and behaviors and exercises that stimulate the other set end of the spectrum that makes you feel good. I’m going to talk about that in a moment.
We need both branches of this nervous system. You’ve got your sympathetic like I just described in pretty good detail, and then you’ve got your parasympathetic branch of the nervous system. As you see here, it’s almost like a seesaw. Your body is going to choose based on your choices and the environment around you and what’s going on to either stimulate one end of the spectrum or the other. Two can’t be going at the same time. So, automatically you’re going to be either in a sympathetic mode or you’re going to be in parasympathetic mode.
Now, when you’re in sympathetic mode the good part of this is that it provides energy, it provides focus and concentration, real acute energies of the mind, survival, fight or flight. Like I told you before, if somebody walks in with a gun, you’re out of there or you’re fighting. You’re fighting or flighting. It’s catabolic. We tend to think cannibalism in the world of strength building and muscle building as a bad thing. But, the truth is, you want to be catabolic to a degree because it’s going to help stimulate the other end – and I’ll tell you what I mean in a moment – and also because it gives you energy. Just click here to read the rest of the report on How-to-Increase-Anabolic-Hormones-by-Balancing-the-Autonomic-Nervous-System-by-Elliott-Hulse .
Rick Kaselj, MS