We’re halfway through the week which usually means energy is starting to drop and motivation is starting to wane.
You may remember my post a few weeks ago about how lack of sleep leads to weight gain.
I truly believe sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy, balanced life. Sleep (or lack of sleep) affects EVERYTHING; from the ability to make smart food choices, to the energy to get through your daily workout.
Believe me, I know how tempting it is to stay up late to get a little bit more work done or have precious time alone (right moms?) but it’s just as important to guard your 7-8 hours of sleep as it is to eat a nutritious diet.
Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.1 Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.
So today’s Self-Care Challenge is to get more sleep. I’m not asking you to make a radical change, just aim for 30 more minutes and see how it goes.
Today’s Pilates arm workout is a fun one! I’ll start you off with a delicious stretch, lead you through some stability work, take you through a push-up series that might make you sweat and leave you with a nice stretch for the neck and shoulders.
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TODAY’S CHECK-IN: Show me that you’re getting your sleep! I want proof! Share a photo or tweet, tag me/my page and use the hashtag #mindbodymat.
Have a great day and sleep well tonight!
PS – You may also enjoy my Pilates for Anxiety & Stress Relief video to help you wind down and calm your mind before heading to bed.