So you’ve set your New Year’s goals and are determined to achieve your ideal shape through exercise and eating right. This year is the year. This is the year that you are going to be in the best shape of your life and we are here to help you along the way. However, there is one thing that may be a hindrance to your weight loss goal.
This month we are focusing on sleep habits and how they affect your health. In fact, this is the first point our brain-training expert, David Meine covers in his book THINK. To help you better achieve your goals during the Ideal Shape Up Challenge we are going to focus on sleep and how it correlates to exercise. Our first stop, determining how sleep can affect your exercise regimen.
When you do not get adequate sleep at night, it can really send your energy levels spiraling downward. Sleep gives your mind and body the rest it needs in order to recharge the batteries. If you are not getting enough sleep you may feel sluggish.
Who feels motivated to workout when they feel sluggish? No one, that’s who,. So give your mind and body a break. Get the rest you need in order to exercise at your best.
While you sleep, your muscles are recovering. In fact this is the best time for your muscles to get the recovery they need because they aren’t doing much. This allows muscle tissue to repair. If you are feeling sore the day after a workout, take a look at the amount of sleep you got the night before. Did you give your body enough time to recover?
Sleep depravation has been shown to alter hormone levels in the body. Specifically, hormones that regulate appetite can be affected. If you are not eating right because of a lack of sleep, your exercise routine will be affected as well. Your body needs nutrients from healthy foods in order to function properly during exercise as well as for proper recovery after your workout.
Basically, healthy sleep habits are crucial when following an exercise routine. You will have higher energy levels, adequate muscular recovery and your body wont fall into a state of chaos. So, try to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep your body needs to recover. Your body and your weight loss goals will thank you for it.
Also be sure to check out our CD “Deep Sleep for Effective Weight Loss” in the store area to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and ensure a deep, restful slumber.
By Wes Young