A commonly held idea is that if you want to lose weight you get active and the pounds will come off. Now, although being physically active is an important aspect of losing weight, it's not the only one to be considered when putting together your own getting healthy puzzle (be active, eat well, be mindful, meditate etc.). The progress you experience from being physically active (increased: muscular strength, general well-being & reduced: body fat, overall sickness) actually does not occur during the workout. Sorry, but it is the things you do after and in between workouts that prepare your vehicle for the next course. Just like a car is built to drive, the body is built to move, but without downtime for general maintenance (sleep) even the most expensive car will break down before the finish line. Remember, there are no trophies for how fast your car could've been!
Did you know that NOT getting your ZZZ's can actually predispose you to diseases? Well, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, depression, premature death and obesity are all linked to shorter durations or disorders of sleep. So if you're trying to lose weight, then staying up is affecting your pounds going down. Here is good question: Just how much sleep should you be getting each night? The National Sleep Foundation has published recommendations that differ by age groups. In general, anyone 18 and above should be sleeping between 7-9 hours per night. Obtaining the proper amounts of sleep has been linked to the body's insulin sensitivity and optimal hormone levels. Let's break it down: sleep less, stress more, eat more, increase hormone response, and finally end up with weight gain or disease. OK, so tell me now, if staying up late to catch that new episode of Scandal seems worth it? If you're wondering how to then here are a few ways to help you get to sleep:
Stay Active, Stay Strong,
James F. Thomas