We live in a world that contributes to chronic stress. Staying up late at night, working long hours, watching too much TV and being sedentary (among other things we do in our modern world) releases the hormone cortisol. This hormone is the antithesis to human growth hormone and testosterone (both of which are muscle building and anti-aging). Too much cortisol tears down the body, so we want to minimize the amount that is released. Ironically, stress is a good thing for the body, it’s just that we need small, infrequent doses of it for optimal health. Think of it this way: when man was still hunting for food, he would encounter “fight or flight” situations rather infrequently. When he did, his body would produce adrenaline, cortisone, and other hormones to prepare for whatever highly intense course of action he needed. It was often brief, and within 20 minutes after the fact, the hormones would wear off, and everything would be fine. We are hardwired to respond this way. In modern times, because we are under chronic stress, these same hormones are chronically elevated. The HYSTRENGTH(sm) program works with this understanding, and we adjust the intensity and frequency of the exercise for each individual to account for that. Personally, I have found that when under a lot of stress for a long time, a HYSTRENGTH(sm) workout performed with the right intensity took the edge off. It lowered my stress hormones and I was able to function more clearly. In the long run, the HYSTRENGTH(sm) program strives to help clients change long term lifestyle living habits to reduce chronic stress and maintain a well rested, rejuvenated body and mind.