Rest is BEST! Go ahead, have a snooze!

 

Never underestimate the power rest, and implementing recovery for that matter to!  These are often over looked, under-utilised and least planned when it comes to enhancing performance as well as every day life. Lets focus on training first.

 

Being that rest and recovery are critical components of any successful training program, why do we all seem to think we can beat and forget about it. In this mad, non stop life we all lead now we basically all keep buzzing about life until our bodies physically cant or we hit a bump in the road.  Sleep is where the magic happens. 

Understanding how to implement them both is a different matter. Rest refers to time spend sleeping and not training. Recovery, however, refers to the techniques and actions taken to maximise repair on your body after the hours spent hitting it hard in the gym.  These include; hydration, nutrition, posture, heat, stretching, stress etc. Recovery involves more than just muscle repair, it also includes; chemical and hormonal balance, nervous system repair, mental state, and more.

We have a number of different systems that need to recover. These include hormonal, neurological, and structural. Our structural system includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Muscles recover the quickest because they receive direct blood flow. Tendons, ligaments, and bones receive indirect blood flow and therefore can take longer to recover and be more susceptible to overtraining stress.


So without getting overwhelmed with trying to aim for perfection on this (unless you are a professional athlete) us gym goers and those who love sport should just be looking got that life balance so to kick ass in the gym and going out an having fun with friends. I am very passionate about balance in life in every aspect. It is seriously importantly for a happy and healthy mindset and body.  Actually going and doing what you enjoy will put you in a better place to perform rather than forcing yourself to do things that put you in a negative mindset. Life is for living. Don't get me wrong, we all have to do things we don't want to every so often.

A balanced combination of rest and recovery along with proper diet and exercise should be a part of any fitness regime. Eighty percent of your time can be spent focusing on diet and exercise, while twenty percent should be left for enjoying life. In other words, don’t let yourself get too wrapped up in perfection.  I would never want to be perfect, why? Read this!

There are a number of factors to think about when it comes to ret and recovery to improve performance and importantly, quality of life. After all, a healthy and happy person not only performs better but also has the ability to give time and energy to those who you love and that love you.

I am going to share 8 facts you may not have realised as to why sleep is so important.

1) Go ahead, snooze!

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and mood.

2)Improve memory

Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or "practice" skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).

3) Live longer

Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan—although it’s not clear if it’s a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.) So Stop taking it for granted!

4) Spur creativity

Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the easel and paintbrushes or the pen and paper.

In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganise and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.

5) Be a winner

If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve your performance: sleep.

6)Have a healthy weight

If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too. Something I tell my clients all the time!! Poor sleep an be linked to weight gain!

7)Lower stress

When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same—and both can affect cardiovascular health. It can also improve immune function.

8)Poor sleep and inflammation

Sleep can have a major effect on inflammation in the body. In fact, sleep loss is known to activate undesirable markers of inflammation and cell damage.Poor sleep has been strongly linked to long-term inflammation of the digestive tract, in disorders known as inflammatory bowel diseases

I bloody LOVE sleep and make sure I get enough of it as often as I can so go and take a nap!

Sophie xx