Hello, again, my friends! I don’t know about you, but this time of year, I feel beat! From the changes in weather to recovering from the hectic holiday season….it all takes a toll. For me personally, this time of year is especially busy for me. Being a personal trainer, I have clients that want to be healthier for the new year and they need guidance. I know that adequate sleep is imperative for proper body function. I have to admit, I am human and want to take care of others and often put my own needs on the back burner. We all need our rest, even if you are a self-proclaimed super hero…like me!
Sleep goes a long way; we all know we need it. It does more than just gets rid of those dark circles under your eyes. Sleep is a key part of living a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your mind, heart, your weight, and so much more.
Even while at rest, your mind is busy working away; the brain is like a muscle, and much like your body after physical exertion, the brain also needs rest. When you are overly-tired you may notice you how easily you can forget things, simple tasks become difficult and confusing. Getting enough sleep can also help you retain memories. If you don’t want to forget something important like your anniversary or a birthday, you better take a nap. Also, a good night’s sleep can also help boost creativity.
Being a personal trainer, I always hear the “I’m too tired to workout” excuse; an excuse that is likely resulting from a lack of sleep. Your body repairs itself while at rest; if you just started working out and you feel tired all the time, it’s probably because you’re not used to the increased activity and your body is struggling to repair the muscles it just used. The lethargic feelings experienced after the start of a new exercise regimen can last up to 2 weeks and even longer if you don’t get enough sleep. On the other hand, if you have been active for a long time, or are an athlete, the only way you to push your body and recover properly, is to rest and ultimately get enough sleep.
Weight management can also be affected by sleep. If you are thinking of going on a diet you need to think of sleep as well. You’ll lose more body fat and retain muscle with proper sleep. There’s a long, technical explanation that goes into this, but I’ll just tell you that your metabolism works much better with proper rest.
When it comes to the importance of rest, all the things I’ve mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many things that are affected by sleep: mood, depression, illness, stress, attention span, the list goes on and on. Take a moment and check out this informative article I’ve found for more insight on why sleep is so important and also be sure to watch my video accompanying this blog.
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