Exercise the ZZZs Away

Don’t forget to move those clocks ahead an hour this weekend.

That’s right. Daylight Savings Time has caught up with us again. And though many of us are yawning at the prospect of losing an hour’s sleep, there are ways to prepare for the time change starting in the gym.

There’s a misconception that working out will make people tired, when in fact the right kind of exercise can improve your quality of sleep while boosting energy levels during waking hours.[1] That tired feeling you get after/during a workout should be temporary in comparison. The benefits are long lasting. Studies show that sedentary and less active people tend to experience more fatigue and tire more quickly during the day than their more active counterparts who are regularly hitting the gym.[2]  But results may also be affected by exactly how we regiment our gym routines.

Choosing the right time of day can help; sweet spots being in the afternoon or early evening, which will give the body plenty of time to slow down before bed. And the type of workout is also a significant factor.

Cardiovascular exercises, those that last for long periods of time and really get the heart pumping, are extremely effective at preparing the body for a good night’s sleep. Speaking of which, you won’t find our facilities lacking in cardio equipment at EP Fitness. And for those extreme cardio junkies out there, EP offers spin classes and a wealth of other aerobics options that can help. Our very popular and fun Zumba dance classes, for example.

So if you’re tired of feeling tired, these tips might be just what you need to prepare for Daylight Savings Time.

 

Tips presented in this blog are for informational purposes only. Consult a specialist before making changes to your dietary and exercise routine whenever possible.

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