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FIT­NESS COACH HEIDI LIN­DAHL SHARES HER TIPS FOR STICK­ING WITH EX­ER­CISE, ADAPT­ING SQUATS AND HOW TO SLEEP AF­TER HIT­TING THE GYM

Good Health Choices - - Be Energised -

In sum­mer, the only time I can ex­er­cise is at night, how­ever I find it re­ally dif­fi­cult to sleep af­ter­wards. Any tips?

AIn­tense ex­er­cise stim­u­lates the body and can in­crease the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol. Ex­cess cor­ti­sol in­hibits growth hor­mone be­ing re­leased, which is paramount for mus­cle re­pair and re­cov­ery, and keep­ing us as youth­ful as pos­si­ble. It also in­hibits me­la­tonin, our sleep­ing hor­mone, which may be why you’re strug­gling to get ad­e­quate shut-eye. Make time in your work­outs so you’re able to fin­ish with some med­i­ta­tion, yoga poses, or even some foam rolling or breath­ing tech­niques. Then have a cool shower and avoid any screen time for at least an hour be­fore bed. Prac­tis­ing th­ese con­sis­tently should help.

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