The Fit Executive

By Brad Davidson

The Fit Executive

Play Enhances Stress Management and Performance

Lots of studies show that you perform better when you are happy and that play is actually a form of stress management. No surprise, right? If you look back historically, you’ll see that playtime has long been in the mix, dating back to the primal ages.

Playtime increases testosterone – even if all you’re doing is playing with your kids – because it disconnects you from your source of stress. So, if you are looking for better stress management and performance in your life, go out and have a little fun!

The other day I took some time out to play. I went kitesurfing and I have to tell you, it was an epic day on the water. Taking the waves with only two other kite surfers out, carving across in big sweeping motions, I was at the top of my game.

Only I wasn’t. I was catching air from a really big wave, enjoying the moment, when suddenly I realized I had a mild headache, bloodshot eyes and I needed to sneeze. I was sick in the middle of my play!

It was a wakeup call. Here I was getting some time to myself and I couldn’t enjoy it fully. You see lately I’ve been pretty religious about watching what I eat – especially about avoiding gluten – but the night before I blew it when eating out and I could feel it. I had a food hangover! Has that ever happened to you? If you are highly stressed over time and then eat a food that you are sensitive to, it’s like kryptonite!

The worst part about it is that I know how to keep it from happening. At Stark we use supplements to help boost performance, manage stress, and maintain health. Read the rest of this article to get tips on some that can help strengthen your immunity or join our podcasts on Stark Radio for more tips and health related discussions.

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