Quality sleep, regular exercise and eating right help keep our bodies functioning their best. Research shows that regular physical activity is important for quality sleep, and quality sleep is important for physical performance. So, is one more important than the other?
Sleep is the foundation for a healthy mind and body. While we sleep, our body heals and cleanses itself.
If we don’t give our body enough time while we sleep each night to do what it needs to, then it affects things like our immune function, mood, energy, appetite, weight and heart health. Specific needs for sleep vary from person to person, but studies suggest that adults need a minimum of seven hours of good sleep every night. Research has also shown that some people may think they can function well on less, but when they were tested, they did not perform at their best.
If we exercise when our body is too tired, and it hasn’t had time to heal and repair, we can actually stress our body in a negative way. So, it’s OK to occasionally skip exercising for some extra sleep when you’re tired, but try to figure out a schedule where you can do both! If you don’t have time to get in enough sleep and workout, consider a shorter, more intense exercise session. Paying attention to yourself and how your body is feeling will really tell you what you need. So, getting good sleep and a good workout is the best way to be your best you!
About the Author
Noreen Lange has a BS in kinesiology with a minor in fitness, nutrition and health. With over 10 years combined experience as a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition and wellness consultant, Noreen has worked with celebrities, high profile athletes, and professional sports teams including Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres. CommentsRead Bio Read Posts