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Exercise vs. Sleep: How to Maintain Your Balance
Whether you resolved to be a fitness maven in 2017 or are just looking to trim off those extra winter waistline woes, we can all agree that motivation + matt time are a powerful combo. However, all the calorie burning workouts you can handle won’t add up without getting the sleep your body needs. The bottom line is that if your rest routine doesn’t match your gym routine, both are bound to suffer.
Lack of sleep = lackluster weight loss:
You’re cutting calories and eating lean, which feels amazing. However, the mid-day fatigue and lack of movement on the scale is making you crazy, right? According to studies by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the less sleep you get, results in the less fat your body works off. Not getting the recommended 7-8 hours can drastically decline and potentially undo your dieting efforts.
Lack of sleep = lackluster eating habits:
We’ve all found ourselves in a situation where a bit of caffeine or a carb-laden pick-me-up seems the only survival method mid-day. You’ve been hitting the gym and making masterfully low-cal meals, but you still have the HUNGREYS. Surprise, surprise - a slight on sleep is probably to blame. Even one lost hour of sleep can have you craving sugar and carbs. Take a look at some tips from our partners at The National Sleep Foundation for help defying the drama of dieting and bring on the oh-so-sweet zz’s your body really craves.
Lack of sleep = lackluster motivation:
Committing yourself to a regular gym routine can be a difficult adjustment. So much to do, so little time! If you aren’t scheduling in an extra hour of sleep with every extra hour of workout time, you’re creating hurdles that your mind and body can’t leap. The two are so connected that some experts recommend “sleeping on it” if you can’t decide between the gym or relaxation. Bottom line is that if you are well rested, your body is better prepared physically and mentally to tackle the treadmill.
The connection between success and sleep are hard to ignore. So why are you still so tired? Get some rest, and make tomorrow the first day of your sleep success story.Read More & Comment »
Tips to Make Your (Sleep) Resolutions Stick
It’s that time of year again…resolution season. If your plans for a healthier 2017 already seem to be taking a back seat, don’t be discouraged! We’re here to help take the stress out of the resolution slip and coach you toward healthier sleep one vitamin Z at a time! Take a look at our resolution-restoring tips that prove that quality sleep should be at the top of your list:
1. Sleep Your Way toward your Fitness Goals:
If banking hours on the gym mat made its way to your resolutions list, don’t forget that your new regimen requires a healthy night’s rest. Already coming up with excuses to excuse yourself from the elliptical? Sleep on it! Research shows that a better night’s rest is what the doctor ordered for the motivation your mind and body need. The more you sleep you get, the more you are inclined to sweat it out come tomorrow.
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2. Sleep Your Way to Healthier (Eating) Habits:
If you committed to more veggies and no sugar but just finished your late night snack, you aren’t alone. You might be surprised to learn that sleep and eating habits have a symbiotic relationship - the less quality and attention you give to one, the more the other suffers. A body that isn’t getting the healthy sleep it needs starts out the day at a disadvantage – leaving us to crave high-fat and quick energy foods. How many times have you put off cooking a balanced dinner because you are too tired? Do yourself (and your healthy goals) a favor by factoring in the doctor recommended 7-8 hours of quality rest a healthy body requires!
TIP: For the java junkies that swore off that cup o’ joe in favor of healthier solutions for the new season, here are some great alternatives to ease your transition.
3. Sleep Your Way to Restoration:
Not only does quality sleep affect how we face the day, but it is key to the rejuvenating process of skin and tissue repair. Sleep is the down time your body needs to rebuild, restore and refresh. At the very least, better sleep even helps to alleviate the ailments of under eye bags and wrinkles.
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4. Rest Your Way to (Career) Success:
Our decision-making, memory skills and sociability are all linked to our quality of slumber. Whether striving for serious career goals or battling the demands of the day to day – it is vital that you get the best night’s rest to equip your mind and body with the energy it needs to rally your routine! And for those that believe getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of nightly zz’s is enough – imagine the potential productivity possibilities that you can achieve by powering down just a few hours earlier?
TIP: Eliminate electronics from the last hour of your nightly routine. This method of winding down has been tested and proven to help restless sleepers when implemented on a regular basis.
We can all agree that the seasonal resolution slip happens – but with the power of healthy sleep in your wheelhouse this New Year, your health and wellness goals are more attainable then you think.Read More & Comment »