To Sleep or To Sweat?admin
The classic early morning dilemma: Get up early and lose sleep to work out or forget about the work out and get some extra Z’s? When should you give in to the desire for more sleep and when should you push yourself to exercise? It’s a difficult question because both sleep and exercise are good for you!
As we know, better sleep increases the effectiveness of a workout and workouts increase the depth and quality of sleeping. So then what should you do on those mornings at 6am when a trip to Tone Zone for one of our morning classes seems unfathomable compared to the warm, cozy luxury of your bed?
The “right” decision here should be decided by how you feel. If you are feeling the normal morning grogginess, getting out of bed is most likely the correct choice to make. Shaking off the morning drowsiness and working out will give you energy for hours. Once the workout is over, you’ll experience the post-workout rush and that rush will keep you going for most, if not all, of your work day.
If, on the other hand, you are so tired that the mere thought of getting out of bed makes you want to curl up in the fetal position and sob, then GO BACK TO SLEEP! Working out if you are this exhausted does not offer you any significant advantage, because better sleep equates to a better workout. Working out while exhausted will give you just that: an exhausted workout. Do your body a favor and determine why you are not getting enough sleep and set yourself on a more structured and productive sleep schedule. This will help maximize the effectiveness of your workouts, since during restorative periods (sleep) your body grows stronger.
Here are a few tips to help get your sleep/workout routine balanced and working for YOU:
1. Get on a schedule for both sleeping and exercise: If you are not a morning person, exercise at lunch or after work. Don’t force yourself to be someone you’re not. Fit in the workout when it feels comfortable for you. As far as a sleeping schedule, try going to bed 20 to 30 minutes earlier than you normally would and test how that works out.
2. Pretend the snooze button doesn’t exist: Try not to slap the snooze button if you can resist. A good tip is to place the alarm clock across the room so you *have* to get out of bed to turn it off. This will make you less likely to go back to sleep. Likewise, set a time to go to bed at night and stick to it. Set an alarm for bedtime if you have to!
3. Naps aren’t just for children: If you feel like you need a boost during the day or might dip out at your desk, consider a “Power Nap”. A 15-20 minute nap will help you improve cognitive function, performance, and reaction time.
The fact of the matter is that sleep is SO important when embarking on a healthier lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the value of a daily good night’s rest.
Owner, Tone Zone Fitness Studio