Did you know your body brain has two central nervous response systems? Your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.

I am going to break this down into the most simple terms for the purpose of keeping this short and direct. I want you to understand both systems play a key role in your bodies survival. Most commonly in your day to day life you want to be operating in the parasympathetic nervous system but when we are overly stressed, fatigued, dealing with COVID-19, or running from a bear. You body is operating in the sympathetic nervous system, commonly known as your “fight or flight” it just trying to run as fast as possible to not get eaten by a bear. So other systems slow down, as you can imagine your body is not trying to digest food and burn fat while running from a bear.

So when it comes to weight loss and fat burning you have to first deal with the stressors. Today for a lot of us that is COVID-19.

So I want to share with you some information of things you can be doing to prevent the spread, give you peace of mind and hopefully get you back to operating in the parasympathetic nervous system.

What you need to know and What you can do!

  • The virus will last on cardboard for up to 24 hours
    • Leave your Amazon packages and online orders outside your door for 24 hours. If you need it right away spray the box down with bleach water solution mix prior to bringing it inside your home.
  • Understand this virus will last on metal for up to 9 days
    • Your car is made of metal.
    • Your door knobs are made of metal.
    • You mail box is made of metal.
    • The weights you got off the yardsale website are made of metal.
  • Clean them with the bleach solution prior to entering your home with them, wipe all these surfaces down with a rag, then wash the rag alone in hot water in your washing machine.
  • What about the stuff inside your online orders?
    • Plastic – it can last up to 3 days
    • Paper – it can last up to 5 days (Your grocery receipt, ask the cashier to toss is our for you, do not touch it)

I say all of this not to scare you but to educate you. Wipe these things off before they come into your home, take a preventative approach.

Now, lets look at another example. If you decide to wear gloves in the grocery store (which I personally do not think its needed, health care workers need these supplies) understand that the only things you are protecting yourself from are the surfaces in the grocery store that your hands touch.

A virus can be spread in a number of ways including airborne unenviable partials. It can last in the air for up to 3 hours and on your cloths for up to 9 hours.

Now lets go back to the grocery store with the gloves on. You leave the grocery store and you feel good, you have protected yourself right? You unpack your grocery bags into your car put your cart back then get in your car and drive home, with your gloves on.

Well now you have contaminated you car the objects in your car and everything you touched on your way home as well as your door handle and trunk to your car oh and your car keys. Are you planning to clean all that off with bleach solution? I hope so.

I honestly hope you throw the gloves before you touch anything to do with your car. Lets think this through. If you just sanitize your hands with a 60% alcohol based solution after you leave the grocery store and disinfect your groceries before you bring them into the house, as well as get rid of the plastic bags outside of your home; immediately washing your hands after all this. Your rate of infection decreases drastically.

So although I might have increased your stress levels a little in reading this I want to help educate you on steps you can be taking right now today that will help decrease your risk and your families risk that will allow you to operate in the parasympathetic nervous system.

Oh and y’all one more thing, try to keep 6 feet between you and the people in the grocery store at all times. I don’t care how silly you feel, remember you don’t live your life for them. You live it for God, he is the only one you answer to.

Hopefully you can take some of this an apply it to your life today, make sure to check back next week as I talk about ways to start your day in a parasympathetic state vs the fight or flight!

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Hope to see you there! #stayhome #doyourpart #yougotthis #weareinthistogether #covid19 #pandemic

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Published by 3 Degree Fitness, Eat Cake Lose Weight!

Online Personal Trainer, showing women how to eat cake, lose weight and keep it off!

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