Too tired to exercise? You don’t sleep well at night? Exercise habits have been highly correlated to your sleeping patterns. We have all heard over and over again the endless list of benefits that exercising can do for you. Lowering your anxiety levels and helping with stress management are two of those benefits and oftentimes lack of sleep can be caused by high anxiety and/ or high levels of stress. Good sleep doesn’t cause everyone to suddenly have the urge and discipline to exercise; yet exercising does result in a better night’s rest.
Being that this is my first ever blog post on the topic of fitness, I figured this topic would be a great place to start. This is particularly applicable for those of you who have hit pleteaus when training. What are plateaus, you ask?
As much as I am an advocate for not eating late at night, I am just as human as the rest of you, lol. When I do snack late for whatever reason, these are some of my "ok" choices.
But before I get into these awesome healthy snacks, lets look at WHY you may feel the need to snack late.
There are plenty of reasons why you may get food cravings at midnight:
1. Dehydration, in my book, is one of the main reasons.
3. You're genuinely hungry because of an early dinner.
5. You may suffer from low salt or sugar levels.
Do you sometimes find that you’re too exhausted to exercise? You know you need to exercise because it will give you energy, but then you skip the workout because you don’t have the energy you need to even get to the gym! If you find yourself in the midst of this battle, try these three simple changes and see how it transforms your life! #1 GET MORE SLEEP. Aim for getting 7-8 hours of deep restful sleep at night in order to stay healthy and have more
Shane Mclean, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, T. Boone Pickens YMCAWhenever someone asked me what my hobbies were, I answered, “Can sleep be a hobby?” I seriously loved sleep that much. However, then I was a young man without a care in the world and hardly any responsibilities. How times have changed.
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist
I've noticed in my travels and with working with clients that a large majority of people in today's fast-paced stressful world are struggling at least part of the time with falling asleep at night.
I attended FitExpo 2013 in Santa Clara, CA this weekend and had a great time talking with so many positive people such as Herb Dean (UFC Referee), Bella Falconi (Fitness model), and many others. The bodybuilding community is full of motivation, inspiration and support. Three people I was fortunate enough to speak with were Phil Heath (Mr. Olympia 2011 & 2012), Greg Plitt (top fitness model) and Jennifer Delgado (NPC Competitor). Below are a few gems from these professionals that I thought might help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
You might think it has all to do with what you eat. However it has nothing to do will what you eat. The culprit is how you are sleeping.
Research published in the Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology( a fancy term for hormones) and Metabolism found that a lack of sleep can impact your brain in such a way that pushes you towards the pantry, not away from it.
We all need to sleep better. Me included. Better sleep will help with recovery, muscle growth and fat loss. Heard it before.... correct? But how do we go about it? This is how....
1. Exercising in the morning around 7am will help you spend 75% more time in deep sleep and let you cycle through the four stages of sleep more often. What are the 4 cycles? I don't know but all I know is a sleep like a log after a early morning training session.