Is Sleep Really More Important Than Exercise?

We all love our sleep, and we also know how important it is to incorporate exercise into your life to keep yourself strong and healthy. Whether that exercise is a mix of things, or you just do certain types of exercises like strength training, bodyweight training, yoga, or even just a daily (or bi-daily) run.

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So, what do you do when the sun is rising, and your alarm goes off and you find yourself too tired you cannot see straight. Which activity takes priority? Sleep, or get up for that workout. Read on to find out.

From the research of the National Institutes of Health, adults should be getting seven to eight hours of a deep sleep every night. Your sleep plays a larger role than you think when it comes to your emotional and physical health.

*Surprisingly, studies that have been done conclude that sleep loss is connected with an increased hunger and appetite. Overall, if you are not getting enough sleep you run an increased risk for obesity.

*If you are not up to par when you first wake up, due to whatever reasons, being sleepy is going to affect how much effort you are putting into your exercising routine. I’m sure we have all been there. You feel like each step or punch is weighted down because your body just feels like it doesn’t want to move.

This is going to lead to not exercising as efficiently. What’s the point in working out if you are not accomplishing much of anything, while at the same time you are losing out on quality sleeping time where you could be resting yourself to be more productive?

If it doesn’t make much sense to you, we are in the same boat because it doesn’t make much sense to me either. If you are feeling tired, don’t wear yourself out more. Just take the extra time to rest those eyes (and your body).  We all need a break, and if this is you needing one, take it. You’ll be better off in the long run.

Morning exercise benefits

Though some of us may love the workouts and have no problem cramming them into our day; Some dread when the time comes to workout, especially after a long day of work and running errands. So, common sense says, before you begin your day, take some time first thing in the morning to sweat it out a little bit.

*Exercising in the morning has plenty of other benefits, like releasing Endorphins. Endorphins are a chemical within your body that makes you feel good and helps you destress. In other words, if you get a morning workout in, you’re more than likely to have a better day off than if you have chosen to skip out on the morning moves. When you compare working out to a cup of caffeinated coffee in the A.M., studies show you are more alert and focused with working out than with that cup of coffee that we all crave to keep us going through the day.

*You want to keep yourself burning extra calories during the day while doing not much of anything at all? When you work out you are increasing your metabolism rate. When you eat after your workout, you are going to replenish your body, making you feel not only more energized also making for a better day all around. Research shows that after a morning workout you can burn up to 190 calories fourteen hours after the workout, compared to if you didn’t work out at all.

*We all know that getting yourself on a schedule can be rather difficult. Working out later in the day can lead to excuses as to why not to do it. Any part of life may get in the way. When you choose to work out in the morning it ensures that you won’t slack on getting the job done. This can lead to having a better routine for the rest of your day. It’s kind of like a “Wham, bam, thank you ma’am”, type of thing.

* Do you want to sleep better? A study that was done had participants exercise at different times of the day, some of those being at 7am, the rest at 1pm or 7pm for three out of seven days of the week. This study showed that those who worked out in the A.M. were discovered to have the longest and deepest sleep.

There are many different reasons why getting up and working out in the morning is good for you. Sometimes, though you are going to not always be ready to get up at the crack of dawn and move your body. Take this into consideration. When you are tired, sleep. Sleep will be better for you than trying to get through a workout while sluggish.

When you wake up squeeze a workout in before you begin your day. Even if it’s not as long as you would like it to be, it will do you some good. It’s going to give you energy, help your mind and body focus, and you will feel better about yourself. There is nothing better than having that feeling of accomplishing all that you wanted. It’s better to be proud, then have regret.

Wake up, stretch, and sweat out those calories to have a better day all around, but only when your body is ready to. And be sure to get plenty of rest to keep yourself ready for the next day.

3 Health Myths That May Be Keeping You From Healthy Food

Are you avoiding healthy foods because of unhealthy myths? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us have become alarmed about unhealthy fats, sugar, and environmental toxins.

The problem comes when we overreact. We go to the extreme, trying to eliminate fats, sugar, and natural food, like fish, that is vulnerable to pollution. Unfortunately, by overreacting, we lose many health benefits.

A better alternative is to know the health benefits of foods, discover the best sources, and choose wisely.

Let’s look at three health myths related to food, and find out why these myths don’t stand up to healthy choices.

Myth #1: Fatty food is unhealthy

Did you know?

Not all fats are created equal.

It’s true that …

healthy fatsUnhealthy fats are not good. If you eat French fries at every meal, you are challenging your body to absorb a once natural potato that has been stripped of the vitamins in its skin, chemically altered at a scorching temperature, and drenched in unhealthy fat.

But …

Your body needs natural sources of healthy fats to function. Healthy fats protect your cells, store energy, and help with nerve and hormone function, along with vitamin absorption. Even your brain is composed of necessary fat. Eliminating fat from your diet won’t work.

A myth-busting alternative

Know the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats. Choose the best, natural sources of good fats, including plants. Learn the kinds of healthy fats, how they work in your body, and how much you need. Be sensible.

Myth #2: Sugary food is unhealthy

Did you know?

Your brain needs glucose to function.

It’s true that …

Too much of the wrong kinds of sugar can throw your endocrine system off balance. Where blood sugar imbalances have already set in, care must be taken under a doctor’s guidance, even with eating fruit.

But …

For a healthy individual with no blood sugar concerns, your body needs some naturally occurring healthy sugars. Whole fruit can be a healthy and much needed source of brain fuel. Why whole fruit? Because the natural sugars in whole fruit are balanced with fiber. This helps with healthy sugar absorption. By eating whole fruit, you consume naturally occurring sugar the way nature intended.

A myth-busting alternative

Take time to understand how the sugar you consume is converted to glucose and used by your body. Learn the differences between healthy and unhealthy sugar intake. Eat healthy whole foods in balance, so natural sugar can be absorbed slowly, in the ways your body is designed to process it. Learn to identify glucose levels in different foods. If your blood sugar balance is normal, enjoy a sensible and healthy amount of good whole fruit.

Myth #3: Fresh-caught fish is unhealthy

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Did you know?

If you avoid all foods exposed to environmental toxins, you would starve?

It’s true that …

Our oceans are polluted. Fish can be exposed to toxic levels of mercury. Closer to home, even the best-protected fresh produce, grown in the best organic gardens cannot escape our polluted environment. And fish are higher up the food chain, which means they have already eaten smaller sea life that might have been exposed to pollutants in the water.

But …

Fish are an amazing source of healthy fatty acids and Vitamin D. Fish can be one of the heart-healthiest meat sources of protein. The sea life consumed by fish contains unique combinations of nutrients, adding healthy variety to a land-based diet. Variety and moderation in your diet are keys to a healthy body.

A myth-busting alternative

Rather than eliminate such a healthy food, arm yourself with knowledge. Know which fish are the healthiest. Fish that swim in cold, deep waters, protected with layers of fat have less exposure to toxins. Find a good source of wild-caught fish and ask questions. Learn exactly what takes place, from the time your fish is caught to the time it reaches your dinner table. Prepare fish in the healthiest ways.

The key to healthy eating is to know more about the foods you eat, where they come from, and how they affect your body. Ask questions. Learn. Use wisdom. Make healthy choices. And enjoy a variety of the wonderful foods nature provides.