Hello friends of fitness!
Today I want to talk about something very important. This very important thing is kind of like magic, it recharges your body, boots your metabolism, increases concentration and makes you look fresh and young. This is called...get ready: sleep!!
It is finals week and holiday shopping time here on campus and it is more than difficult for a busy and stressed out person to get the right amount of sleep. I cannot stress enough how necessary sleep is for working out, it allows your muscles to heal and for your next workout to be pain free and enjoyable. The amount of sleep you can to be getting a night is between 6-8 hours....I know. I am usually not able to get that much sleep either. With 8AM classes and homework, working, time for friends, the baby waking up and (let's be honest) a healthy sex life-it can be almost impossible to sleep more than 5 hours a night.
But time management is important-if we stick to our time management and our responsibilities throughout the day, we can sleep more at night. This seems like a simple concept (on paper) but really it's not. It's hard to tell your friend to stop talking because you have homework, or to turn down the lunch date because you need to go to a meeting. But people understand obligations, and will actually admire you for your ability to get everything done (and look awesome doing it).
Last night I was up late studying for an exam and preparing an assignment (a lesson learned in time management) and I only got to sleep at around 3:00 and woke up at 7:30 for my 8AM exam. I was sore and needed a stretch (and still feel like I need a stretch). I was a bit moody and I didn't get a chance to work out because I was so tried. I took a nap which left me sleepy and confused and that was no good.
But like I said-sleeping is a lot like magic and should never be underestimated (like a good run)
Happy fitness everyone! I'm going to bed