The body needs sleep. In fact, proper sleeping habits help facilitate muscle growth and recovery. For those who struggle with insomnia or feeling well-rested in general, exercising regularly promotes healthier and more potent sleep in a variety of ways, including:
- Changing the body’s core temperature
- Increasing time in deeper sleep state
- Raising and lowering the amount of endorphins in the body
- Reducing sleep apnea
For those who do exercise regularly and still struggle with sleep, there are corrective measures that can be made. First, try changing the time of vigorous exercise. Exercising at a high intensity too closely before bed can keep the body in a waking state and prevent sleep altogether. If exercise is done closer to one’s normal bedtime, it is better to do lighter intensity activities such as yoga, walking, mobility, etc. Maintaining a regular sleep and exercise schedule is important, as the body does not make changes overnight. Remember to allow the body enough time to acclimate to a new sleep and fitness regimen before making drastic changes.
If you need assistance creating an exercise routine, the team at LiveHealthy fitness center can help you kick start your journey to better health and wellness. Contact us to schedule a tour of our spacious fitness center and learn more about our membership options!