The past week has been quite a whirlwind! I only worked out one day all of last week because my schedule completely changed and I was mentally and physically exhausted from the shift from my regular routine.
I did heed to my body’s needs and decided it was best to rest and get proper sleep instead of replete myself of energy just to fit in a workout. Don’t get me wrong! I encourage movement when feasible, but giving your body the recharge through adequate rest is part of what keeps us moving in the first place.
Studies have shown that rest periods between training/exercise sessions help improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of muscle fatigue and injury.
Sleep is also essential to our overall health and it directly affects how we function when we are awake.
“…Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems [such as heart disease, kidney disease, blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke]. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.”
Plus, sleep deprivation also increases the risk of obesity, which is counterproductive to exercising for weight management.
For all the above reasons, I prioritize sleep and rest above moving and working out.
There are times where we need to just stop completely and get bed rest, especially if we are ill, but we can also adjust and fit in movement according to the time we have available.
The following is the exercise I was able to get in this past week:
Stationary Bike Breakdown
5 minutes warm up (steady, comfortable pace)
5 minutes standing up with booty off the seat (increased resistance and speed)
5 minutes in cycling in reverse with booty still off the seat (maintained increased resistance and speed)
5 minutes cool down (steady, comfortable pace)
Total of 20 minutes
I also included arm exercises with weights that I am doing with my coworkers and will talk about later 😉
If you would like to read more about the importance of sleep, check out the following article:
Move It Monday may have started on Tuesday this week, but it is never too late to party and link up! Here is how you can join the fun:
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Each Monday I will feature a blog, blogger, and/or post to help keep us moving!
Elyse is the author behind the blog and she is a fellow registered dietitian who values health and is passionate about the power of food to heal. She also provides great tips for our overall wellbeing like she did in the following post:
Be sure to check her blog out and send her a congratulations for Registered Dietitian Day which was on March 9th!
Do you prioritize sleep? How do you balance between rest and working out?