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01/11/2018

Improve Your Sleep and Recovery

When it comes to bulking up or slimming down, much of the work your body does to reach the goal happens while you are asleep. This is also the time when your body prepares itself for what you have planned for it the next day. For this reason, if you don't get a good night sleep then your next day performance and fitness gains will be negatively affected. Below are some tips from Athletic Republic Parkland to help you achieve a good night sleep.

Consider Your Diet

While there are foods which are considered to be heavy and send you to sleep there are other foods which often keep your brain and your body awake. Those foods are commonly referred to as dessert! This means that the delicious reward you have been giving yourself each night is actually working against your goal of getting a good night sleep. Instead of skipping dessert entirely, replace it with a low-sugar and low-energy alternative. Consider making your own desserts at home so that you have a better idea of what is going into them. Of course, in addition to changing what you eat, it's important to consider the timing of your meals. For optimum sleep habits, try to eat at least two to three hours before you begin your bedtime routine to give your body enough time to start work before you sleep.

Turn off the TV. And the Phone. And the Tablet. And The...

This isn't going to be the most popular tip but it sure is an effective one. In addition to the mental stimulation that using our phones gives us, the actual light emitted from the devices is working to affect your eyesight and how well you fell asleep. For this reason, consider instilling a rule where you don't watch any TV or use any of your devices one hour prior to going to bed. If this means that you need to leave your cell phone downstairs when you go to bed then this is what you need to do. If you need an alarm for the morning, a cost-effective one from a local department store can do the job and can't be used to check your status updates.

Read a Book

Despite what you might think, book companies and stores are still very much in operation and can sell you the paperwork you know and remember. Reading these books is not only a great way to relax your mind and help you to drift off to sleep, but they can also sharpen your vocabulary while you do it! When choosing your reading material, be sure to steer away from anything periodical or which revolves around the news. For example, stick with novels which are about topics you enjoy and which will take your imagination away and help your mind to forget about the day's stresses.

Sports Training in Parkland

In addition to getting a good night sleep, it's important that you are performing the correct exercises and that you are performing them safely. Speak with a trainer at Athletic Republic Parkland by calling (786) 493-9609 to learn about the benefits of moving your sports training in parkland to their state-of-the-art facilities.