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Sleep and Exercise for the Time Starved

Don't sacrifice sleep for exercise

Has your schedule ever been so packed that you realize you will have to sacrifice a little sleep to make it to the gym? Is this the healthiest option, though? Harvard sleep experts say no.

Cutting back on sleep for the sake of exercise is not a good idea. Adequate sleep is necessary for a good workout and for recovery following exercise. Your body will wear down faster if you sacrifice your nighttime z’s for a workout. If you find yourself pressed for time a quick, high intensity workout or short exercises throughout the day will be more beneficial for your overall health. Try a 20-minute HIIT workout, or the “deskercises” here throughout the day.

Did you know that Wellness Workdays offers presentations on these topics and many others? Contact our office to find out how you can bring our current, evidence-based seminars to your workplace.

Written by: Catherine Ward, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern


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