You know that in every Program I spend a lot of time talking about conquering the body’s stress response as it is linked to inflammation and weight gain.

Chronically high cortisol levels increase the risk of all kinds of health problems, including digestive issues, depression, abdominal fat, memory problems, and sleep disturbances. Overtraining can also put the body in stress mode and has been linked to immune system deficits which may contribute to the development of autoimmune disease. In our over-stressed world, it is probably counter-productive, if not downright harmful in the long run, to over-train or to train in an environment that your brain may perceive as stressful.

You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.

Maintaining a healthy weight is mostly about what you eat and I encourage people to focus on what they’re putting in their bodies. One big pig-out at McDonald’s would require you to run around the earth a couple of times to burn it off. And this would backfire anyway because over-exercising or doing the wrong type of exercise can cause stress hormones like cortisol to be released in the body, leading to inflammation, which in turn causes weight gain, especially around your middle!

That’s right; too much of the wrong type of exercise can actually contribute to that good old muffin top.

So although you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet, you can exercise your way into a better one with the right exercise! We need our exercise routine to help reduce our stress levels, not increase. Many of us overeat when the body is in a stress response but we are unable to absorb and utilize nutrients properly in that state.  We also need exercise that helps us to be more mindful, as this will spill over into our eating habits. Exercise that helps you regain proper body alignment and rock your Wonder Woman posture will also increase your confidence and self esteem, leading to better food choices.

Not long ago, despite my great diet, my health was so poor that exercising was not even an option. I was either too weak, too exhausted, or in too much pain to think about beginning a fitness program.

Thankfully, when I was ready to start exercising again. three friends referred me to the same place: Chicago Northshore Kinetics, a mind-body fitness center in Evanston, specializing in Pilates and Gyrotonics.

I was hesitant to try it. The last time I’d been in a group fitness class, the instructor had to yell into a microphone to be heard above the pounding music. I felt so stressed in that environment, I never went back. I thought microphones were supposed to make it possible to communicate without shouting! An overly loud environment increases the perceived stress to the brain and leads to fight or flight mode, increasing cortisol levels.

I knew that wasn’t for me.

I didn’t have to worry about any of that at CNK. Even though I was out of alignment, my posture was a mess, and my core was weak, I felt like the 6 Million Dollar Man when I walked in there. It was as if Kay Min and her team of highly-qualified instructors and bodyworkers said “We can rebuild her. We have the technology.”

They allowed me to start slowly, but soon I was feeling strong and ready for more and more challenges – with the tunes of Diana Krall and bossa nova in the background. I leave my sessions feeling like I’ve been meditating, except that my body is alive and aligned and my posture is perfect. I always know I’ve had a fantastic workout when I can feel it for the next two days!

Come see why I love this studio and you how you can detoxify your body, reduce inflammation, heal your gut, lose weight, and feel fabulous.

Kay is offering an introductory package of 3 private sessions for $180 (regular price is $240) for first time clients! Come to talk or click  here to find out more.

Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm CST at Chicago Northshore Kinetics, 515 Davis Street, Evanston, IL


The next Michele Gelman Wellness Program Kicks off May 15th.

This one is going to be huge with lots of new information and recipes. Don’t miss out!