Want bet­terzzzs? Your fit­ness game needs to be on­point

Want bet­ter zzzs? Your fit­ness game needs to be on point

Women's Fitness (UK) - - Contents -

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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