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Exercise vs. Sleep: How to Maintain Your Balance

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 + mat 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.

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