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4 Sleep Tips & Workout Plan: April 8-14


Spring Break is over and I'm super ready to hit the gym again!

I don't usually set an alarm when I go on vacation, unless I have to get up early. It is such a wonderful and welcome break to get sleep. I'm feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on life again.

Proper sleep is necessary to recover. That is the time when your body repairs damaged muscles, resulting in muscle growth. It's the time when your body detoxes and "takes out the trash." Getting enough sleep allows you to more easily manage eating impulses, stress reactions, and tough training sessions.

It can sometimes be difficult to get enough. Life can get busy and overwhelming. I often wish I could get more hours in a day. However, I don't think that would really solve any problems. We need to learn how to balance everything, and it can be tricky.

4 Tips to Get Adequate Sleep:

1. Set a bedtime and stick to it! Sure, there may be extenuating circumstances, but barring those few occasions, go to bed. Resist the temptation to fold more laundry or watch a show. Do those things during the day time, not at night when you are tired and need to rest.

2. Get set for the next day. Set out your clothes, write down a list of everything you need to do the next day, including what you're going to eat. The less decisions you need to make in the morning, the better.

3. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. This will help you wind down and prepare to rest: take a bath, read a book, take a stroll, meditate, stretch, write in a journal, etc.

4. Say a prayer of gratitude. Let positive thoughts and a smile take the last moments of the day.

Wishing you have a restful week!

Heidi

Monday: Full Body Burnout #1

Tuesday: Tabata #1

Wednesday: Full Body Burnout #2

Thursday: Sevens #2

Friday: Yoga Stretch

Saturday: 30+ min activity of choice

Sunday: Basic Mat Pilates

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