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Great Workouts Require Great Sleep
A popular New Year’s Resolution is to commit to living a more physically healthy lifestyle and getting back into shape. Proper nutrition and exercise are crucial, but how does the quality and quantity of your sleep play a part in this equation?
It turns out, it plays a huge part! In fact, you should think of your sleep as just as much a part of your workout as you do warming up and stretching afterwards. Last week on the blog we talked about the many ways sleep will help you stick with your healthy diet. Keep reading to find out sleep can help your workouts!
1. Sleep helps with muscle recovery and prevents injury.
Proper sleep allows your body time to recover from your workouts. It’s during sleep that your body works to repair and build the muscle groups that were exercised! Also during deep sleep is when the pituitary gland releases human growth hormones. This hormone plays an important role in muscle tissue repair and the building of lean muscle, especially in adults.
2. Sleep helps you burn more fat.
Some people assume that the longer you’re up and awake, the more calories you’ll burn. In fact, the opposite is true: the most efficient fat-burning actually takes place while you’re asleep! Getting less than six hours of sleep per night has been linked to poor insulin resistance, which can make fat-loss very difficult. Insufficient sleep also stimulates your body’s production of cortisol, sometimes called the “stress hormone”. Sustained, high levels of cortisol can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and increased fat around your midsection.
Optimal sleep is important for keeping your cortisol levels balanced and maintaining a healthy level of insulin sensitivity. This will help you reach the weight-loss or other fitness goals you may have!
3. Sleep helps you push harder during your workouts.
Disrupted or poor sleep can give you the perception that you are maxed out and exhausted well before you’ve reached your limit. This means that when you work out after having inadequate sleep, you’ll perceive the exercise to be tougher than it actually is. By improving the quality of your sleep, you’ll be able to increase the intensity of your workouts and reach new personal bests. You’ll also have an easier time getting up for that early morning gym session!
Getting enough sleep is going to give you the energy, strength and drive to maximize every workout. When you’re sleeping well, you’ll have better workouts, and when you have better workouts, you’ll get a better sleep! Set this positive circle in motion this year, and take steps to improve your sleep. Let us help you get the best sleep ever!