Quality Sleep for a Quality Workout

Quality Sleep for a Quality Workout!

October 20th, 2015 by Liz

Quality Sleep For A Quality Workout:  Try These Tips!

Quality Sleep For A Quality Workout!

Quality Sleep For A Quality Workout!

Now that Summer is over, a lot of you are putting in more hours each week working out, and maybe even increasing the intensity of your workouts.  If this is you, getting enough sleep each night is essential.  Not only does sleep improve athletic performance, but getting enough of it is a key ingredient to weight loss.

Think about it like this - just like it's important that your bodies take in enough nutrients, it's important to get enough rest.  Now, here's the catch, not only do our bodies need sleep, but we need QUALITY sleep so that our cells can regenerate properly.

But, getting enough sleep - let alone quality sleep, can be easier said than done.  And, just like anything else it requires commitment. Try these tips to help you get on a better, high quality sleep schedule:

1.  Make an effort this week to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. If you have a day when you don’t have to get to work as early as usual take advantage of the extra time by getting up and making a nutritious breakfast rather than sleeping in. As tempting as sleeping in is, you’ll feel less tired in the long run if you stick to your sleep schedule.

2.  Avoid over stimulation before bed time. Skip late night TV, video games, and social media that leave you feeling wired. Read a book instead.

3.  Just like sleep is good for your workouts, workouts are good for your sleep. Get your gym time in, and you’ll sleep better.

4.  Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake, which can have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep.

5.  Avoid sleep medication unless it’s been prescribed by your doctor. These medications, especially over the counter sleep aids, typically mess with the quality of your sleep. Instead try to relax naturally by practicing meditation, restorative yoga, or with breathing techniques.

In Strength,

Liz Sawyer; NASM, CPT, FNS

Be Confident. Be Happy. Be Your Best!

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