Within the Paleo community there is much talk of the benefits of using acute stresses (intermittent fasting, interval exercise, cold showers, fasted exercise) to spark an adaptation response which will supposedly make us stronger people.
I read an article this morning that supports this (using fasted, short high intensity training, coupled with under-eating to elicit "old muscle turnover" thus creating younger, stronger muscle mass). This article points out, however, that chronic stress can undermine the benefits of acute doses of stress.
Considering we all live in a modern environment with it's chronic stresses, many of which we may not even register as stress (artificial lights, traffic, internet, TV news, etc.), does implementing these "acute stresses" make us stronger or wear us down more? What do you do to achieve balance between acute and chronic forms of stress? Do you use acute stress techniques and do they help you better deal with the chronic stresses of modern living?
I ask this because I am firmly on the fence about this. An old lady flipped me the bird as she was backing out of a church parking lot today. Clearly everyone is well dosed with the chronic form of stress.