Want betterzzzs? Your fitness game needs to be onpoint
Want better zzzs? Your fitness game needs to be on point
I t can be tempting to skimp on the sleep in order to pack more into what you think might be a productive day. Whether you’re waking early for a spin class or up late finishing off that last bit of work, we sometimes overlook the importance of a solid, quality eight hours, even if we’re doing so with all the right intentions. But, bearing in mind the myriad negative ways in which a lack of sleep can affect your healthy eating habits, ability to work out, productivity and mood, it’s time we took control of our rest and recovery.
One option is to hit the gym – even if this feels like the last thing you want to do when you’re sleep deprived. Exercise and sleep have a two-way relationship – not only does sleep help you perform better, but exercising can also improve your sleep. Results all round!
A new study, released by Sleepscore Labs, not only confirmed that being active can help you achieve a better night’s sleep, but it also found that 30 minutes of exercise directly correlated to getting an extra 14 minutes of sleep. This might not sound like much, but it adds up! Don’t worry if you can’t quite manage 30 minutes every day though – every little helps.
To make your workouts really count while keeping them under 30 minutes, keep the intensity high – like the workout across the next few pages. Find that working out late at night keeps you wired? It might be worth rising early to get your session in, then hitting the hay earlier.
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