Last week we talked about the importance of sleep. People always ask us if it’s worth sacrificing sleep for exercise. We briefly touched on it at the end of last week’s post but thought it merited further discussion. 

So, the question (which we hear all the time): If the only way to fit in exercise is to cut short your sleep, should you do it?

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Here’s the advice we give:

  • Do everything you can to move your bedtime up in the evening (this will likely come naturally after a couple days waking up earlier). Many people do have room to go to bed a little earlier; they just don’t WANT to.
  • Know how much sleep you need. I can get by on seven hours of quality sleep. For some, six is enough and others need eight. Figure out your threshold and try not to mess with it. It’ll never be a habit you can sustain if you’re an eight-hour sleeper who has cut their night down to six. Don’t do it.
  • Be as efficient as possible in the morning so you don’t waste any time. Have your gear out and ready, the coffee maker on, and your water in its bottle. Every minute counts!
  • Lastly, if you can’t find two full hours in the morning, consider what you can do. It’s not all or nothing – even a short burst of activity is better than none at all, especially if it’s high intensity.

And for those working to adjust to a new morning routine, give yourself time to adjust. Even if you wake up feeling awful or exhausted, you’ll feel great after your workout (thanks to serotonin, adrenaline, and endorphins). It takes 21 days to build a new habit so stick with it for at least three weeks and we can almost guarantee it’ll get easier.

Good luck! And if you need some help with those early morning workout sessions, you know where to find us. Consultation/first workout sessions are no obligation and always free!