[BYWG BLOG] Do You Know the Difference: Good Stress vs. Bad Stress
Stress is not a bad thing.
Stress is simply a normal physiological response to things that make you feel threatened or upset your equilibrium in some way.
The stress response is your body’s way of protecting you.
However, too much stress is not a good thing.
Good stress pushes you out of your comfort zone – in a good way. Good stress helps you learn, grow, and get stronger. Source: Ivory Mix
The muscles need a certain amount of stress on them to grow. Doing 10 reps with 2 pound dumbbells will not stress the muscles enough to see much growth.
You need to feel a little uncomfortable when you exercise to see the results you want.
Good stress is typically for a short period of time, infrequent, part of a positive life experience, inspires you to action, and helps to build you up — leaving you better off than you were before.
Bad stress is chronic, ongoing, negative, depressing, demoralizing, de-motivates you and breaks you down — leaving you worse off than you were before.
Lifting weight for an hour is good stress. Lifting weight for 5 hours is not.
You might be a little tires or sore after an hour workout session. But you might be fatigued for days, burnt-out, or injured after a 5-hour session.
How well you can recover from a stressor is a good indicator of whether or not it is a good or bad stress.
If the stressor is too low and not enough to cause a reaction then nothing will happen. You’ll go along the same as before, no better or worse.
If the stressor is too high and/or lasts too long, outpacing your recovery ability then you’ll eventually break down.
If the stressor is within your recovery zone and is neither too much nor too little, and doesn’t last too long, then you’ll recover from it and get better.