Someone let me know when working out becomes as awesome as sleep…

Blogger:  Karin Mahoney

As I sit here, writing this blog, there are two voices in my head distinctly saying, “OMG, I’m so freaking tired…” (thanks, J, for thinking that 6:30 am is a great wake up time this week,) and “OMG, I seriously need to work out.”

I really need a find a way to shut myself up. I can be SO annoying.

I remember years ago when the Better Sleep Council did a study with Dr. Jacobson on the effects of sleep and physical activity. It seemed like a no-brainer at the time, but that was a young, energetic me thinking that. Young me that would still go to the gym after work every night even though I was “tired” because that tired is nothing compared to the tired I feel now. How I feel is aside from the point. The point is, that sleep is the key to ev.er.y.thing. Without sleep, our lives are the three-legged stool…we just can’t function.

I can’t tell you how amazing I feel when J sleeps through the night, and wakes up at a more desirable time in the morning…(read: any time after 6:45 am.) When he sleeps, I sleep. And when I sleep. I get stuff done, like cleaning the house, and that lame thing called “working out.”

According to that BSC study I referred to earlier, when we get good, QUALITY sleep, we’re more likely to kick butt in the gym, which in turn helps us sleep better. It makes sense though, when we get quality sleep, we have the energy and stamina to tackle things like a quick jog or yoga. When we’re sleep deprived, it takes everything in us just to send emails correctly, or write somewhat entertaining blogs. (cough, cough.)

And here’s the other kicker with sleep–when we don’t sleep enough, we tend to eat more, and eat more “quick-fix” foods that contain lots of sugar and fats. I’m super guilty of this, especially when I’m especially exhausted. Remember what I said before about not wanting to work out as much when tired either? Last time I checked, eating unhealthy foods + not working out =JabbaPromo

Simply put, not cute.

We push ourselves to work out and eat healthy, I think we take a few steps back and look at the foundation of alllll of that, and push ourselves to get 7-8 hours of quality rest each and every night. Then, we can rock out at working out…or at least thinking about working out. 😉

 

 

Until next time…

Sweet Dreams!
~KM

 

Comments

  1. I treat insomnia and I have a ton of patients who decide to start working out along with starting treatment. It definitely has a positive impact on sleep!

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