How To Prioritize Sleep And Recovery

How To Prioritize Sleep And Recovery

If you’re working out hard, but not seeing the progress you want and even losing the battle in the gym, you may not be giving your body a chance to recover. You have to prioritize sleep and recovery. Working out at top intensity every day of the week is one way you’ll sabotage your efforts. Every time you workout, especially if you’re doing strength training, you’re making small tears in the muscles and those need time to heal. If you don’t take a day or two off between strength training sessions, it could even set you back a few paces.

It’s not always that easy to get the sleep you need.

The average person needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night with a few people requiring as much as ten hours. Pressures at work to finish projects on time, family obligations and even insomnia can cause you to get less time than you require. Sometimes, your brain keeps working at top speed, reviewing all the problems of the day and solving those you’ll face the next and you can’t sleep. Make sure your room is dark. A quiet environment is important, but you can have background sounds, like a bubbling brook or calming music.

Put sleep on your schedule with a scheduled bedtime and time to get up.

You normally set your alarm to tell you it’s time to get up and get ready for work. Why not do the same for bedtime. Having a scheduled bedtime helps the body and brain to create a pattern and makes it easier to fall asleep. While it’s easy to look forward to sleeping in on the weekend and spending the night on the town, when you’re first establishing your schedule especially, stick with the same weekly schedule on the weekend.

If your mind is still darting back and forth, train it not to do that.

Learn breathing techniques to relax, adopt a mantra or phrase to repeat or create a mental image that can replace those images you see in the back of your eyelids. If you choose a breathing technique, you’ll get a double benefit. It can be used to help calm you down when you’re under stress and can even help you control your blood pressure. If you choose a mantra, phrase or mental image, why not make it a positive one. Focus on success and the achievement of your goals.

  • Learning to take power naps throughout the day can be beneficial and help if you have a sleep deprived night. It’s said that Albert Einstein napped during the day, yet regularly got ten hours of sleep each night.
  • Make sure you’re comfortable and your bedroom is cooler. Being too warm affects your REM sleep, an important part and first stage of the sleep pattern. Keep your bedroom between 60 degrees and 68 degrees.
  • Too little sleep can sabotage your weight loss efforts. It’s important to help balance hormones. Too little sleep increases ghrelin—the hunger hormone—and reduces leptin—the one that makes you feel full.
  • Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones that have been linked with inflammation. Inflammation is a root cause of many serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

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Best Way To Meal Prep On A Budget

Best Way To Meal Prep On A Budget

Clients at Thrive Fitness Performance in Brookhaven, GA often ask about meal planning. I tell them that it’s a great way to ensure you stick with a healthy diet. The idea is to plan your meals one day a week, shop one day a week and cook all the meals for the week on the weekend, or when you have a day off of work or when you’re home. You can store the meals for the week and then it only takes a minute to warm and serve. It’s as fast as waiting in line at a drive-through, just as easy as a prepared freeze meal and you’ll know all the ingredients used.

Plan your meals one night a week.

It’s best to plan the meals by checking online to find what’s on sales at the grocery. Use meats and vegetables in a variety of ways. If you need chicken breasts, but find buying the whole chicken is cheaper, plan a meal using the rest of the chicken. Don’t throw out the broth, it makes a great soup. Plan for leftovers. Grilled veggies are great on salads and in Buddha bowls. Double or triple a recipe you can freeze and store it in meal size portions in the freezer to save time and money another week.

Save money with in-season fruits and vegetables.

If you want fresh and cheap, look for sales and low prices on in-season fruits and vegetables. There may be roadside stands you pass on the road to work that might also provide low cost options. Buying local is one way to ensure you’ll get fresher food. There’s not only lower costs for transportation, but also lower time from field to store. You can also include frozen fruits and vegetables, which go immediately from field to processing plant.

Have a meatless Monday or two.

Choosing a cheaper form of protein can be great for your budget and quite healthy, too. Good sources of less expensive protein include beans, eggs and nuts. Sprinkle nuts or add beans or nuts to salads to boost the protein or make a quinoa salad. A meal of rice and beans is nutritious and yet very inexpensive.

  • Save money by choosing the vegetables on the Clean 15 list from the traditionally grown and go organic if the fruit or vegetable is on the Dirty Dozen list. The Clean 15 list has fruits and vegetables that show little or no pesticides when tested.
  • Always check expiration dates when you buy and check them in the cupboard, frig and freezer. Before you plan meals, check freezer, frig and cupboards for foods you need to use quickly.
  • Buy fruits and vegetables in bulk when they’re in-season and freeze them. If you want a cheap, low cal alternative to ice cream, buy inexpensive ripe bananas, then peel, slice and freeze them. When you’re ready for ice cream, put them in a blender until smooth and creamy.
  • Don’t snub canned foods. Check the labels to see what the ingredients are. Tuna should be water packed and fresh fruit should not contain added sugar. You can even use green beans that have added sodium if you drain the liquid and rinse them first.

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What Exercises Help Relieve Back Pain?

What Exercises Help Relieve Back Pain?

The easy chair, bed or even laying on the floor looks more appealing than doing exercises if your back hurts. But that’s just what you need to do to relieve back pain. That doesn’t mean you go to the gym and try to do your normal routine, but learn some exercises that can help stretch and relax sore muscles. For most pain, getting mild exercise helps boost circulation, which can also help. If you have back issues, in many cases, it’s due to lack of core strength. Not all exercises are good for back pain. Some, like abdominal crunches, can actually exacerbate the pain.

Choose exercises that address the area of pain and help relieve it.

Mid and lower back pain often responds to stretches. Lay on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Grasp one leg with both hands and gentle bend it, pulling it toward your chest. Leaving your knees bent, outstretch your arms to your sides and twist to drop your knees to one side, then raise them and lower them to the other side. Keep your arms outstretched and upper body flat on the floor as best you can. Then do the other. It can help relax the muscle. Wall squats are another way to help the back and improve your posture.

Is your pain in your upper back?

Shoulder, neck and upper back pain can occur for a number of reasons. You can help relieve it by doing a scapular squeeze. Sit with your back straight, elbows at your sides. Stretch, as though you were attempting to touch your elbows together behind your back. Hold that stretch for five to ten seconds. If you’re at your desk, you can twist and stretch. Leave your feet flat on the floor and twist your upper torso.

Back pain exercises may also build core strength.

A bridge is a good exercise to help relieve back pain, but it’s also good for core strength. Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Slowly lift your bottom off the floor until your back is straight and at a 45 degree to the floor. Hold and squeeze your buttocks and then slowly lower your body, one vertebra at a time. Doing the cat yoga movement and lowering your body into the cow yoga movement can also help your back.

  • One of the easiest ways to identify which type of stretch to use is to move until you feel the pain. Relax and move the same way again, eventually stretching even further. It can help loosen tighter muscles and acts a bit like a massage.
  • If you’re overweight, you’re more prone to back pain, since it takes more effort to maintain posture. You’re also more prone to joint pain. Start core exercises and focus on weight loss.
  • Be smart throughout the day. Sometimes, injuries occur that can be debilitating. If you’ve ever lifted wrong and felt the body’s revenge, you understand. Always make sure you lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Simple stretches that can help the back include rolling the shoulders, arching the back and twisting side to side. If the pain is horrible, stop. Don’t push it past the point of pain. If pain persists, is accompanied by a fever or extremely debilitating, see your health care professional.

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Best Vitamins For Hair Loss

Best Vitamins For Hair Loss

What goes into your body is more important than what goes on it. Healthy eating and getting all the essential nutrients will help thicken your hair far more than any rinse or conditioner. Choosing your food carefully and ensuring you get the vitamins you need for healthy, thick hair and vitamins for hair loss can help ensure your mane will become thicker and more attractive, but only if you were deficient in the vitamin in the first place.

Focus on eating foods high in vitamin Bs.

There are several B vitamins and each one helps in a different way. They boost oxygenation to scalp cells by boosting red blood cell production. Biotin(B7) is a member of the vitamin B family, and is often touted as a treatment for hair loss. One study showed that taking biotin helped improve hair and nails. However, all the participants in the study also had a medical condition that caused a deficiency that caused the problem. B12 deficiency may lead to hair loss. If you’re a vegan, it’s hard to get adequate B12, since it’s found in animal products. Riboflavin (B2) deficiency can occur, particularly in people with hyperthyroidism or alcohol problems. It also occurs in older people. A riboflavin deficiency also causes hair loss.

If you have a vitamin A deficiency, it could lead to hair loss, but so could too much vitamin A.

Vitamin A plays a role in hair growth and if you’re deficient in it, it can cause damage to your hair follicles that results in hair loss and other health issues. It slows down the process of building new cells by the body. Since the hair is the fastest growing cells in the body, it’s noticeable there quicker. You’ll find it in skin care products and those for healthy hair and scalp, but it’s always better to consume vitamin A, rather than supplement or put it on your body. Vitamin A can build up in your body and too much actually causes hair loss, too.

Vitamin E deficiency can result in hair loss.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells. It helps prevent hair loss and graying. In a study on males, a group that took oral supplements of vitamin E for eight months had a 34% increase in the number of hairs in their scalp than the placebo groups, who also lost 0.1% of their hair strands. Vitamin E increases scalp circulation, while also balancing oil production, makes hair shinier and improves scalp health.

  • Eggs, leafy greens, legumes such as lentils and chickpeas, milk and enriched grain products are all good source of riboflavin.
  • Good sources of vitamin E include sunflower oil, nuts, olive oil and leafy greens. It’s also found in meat and in many breakfast cereals that are fortified.
  • Consuming food with vitamin A is superior to taking supplements, since it’s almost impossible to overdose. The body converts what it needs of beta carotene and flushes the rest. Toxicity occurs with too much retinol, found in liver and dairy, but it’s minimal.
  • Consuming yellow, orange, red and dark green vegetables can provide all the vitamin A you need in the form of carotene.

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Health Risks Of Obesity

Health Risks Of Obesity

Obesity means that a person has a BMI—body mass index—of 30 or higher. To find your BMI, you need to know your height and weight to use the chart. Another way of measuring it is to measure the waistline. It’s called abdominal obesity. Women with a waistline of 35 or more and men with a waistline of 40 or larger are considered to be abdominally obese. Obesity can cause many changes in your body and create health issues. It can change your metabolism, hormones and increase inflammation. Just being obese doesn’t mean you’ll have all the health conditions listed, or any for that matter, but it does increase the probability.

The potential for heart disease and stroke increases when you’re obese.

Not only does obesity increase blood pressure by increasing extra pressure on artery walls to ensure it gets to all parts of the body, it also increases the effort your heart has to make to pump it through the extra fat tissue. That can cause damage to the heart. People who are obese have more LDL(bad cholesterol), triglycerides, blood sugar and cholesterol in the blood. That can cause fat deposits to accumulate in arteries to the heart and cause disease. Obesity can cause arteries to narrow from built up plaque, which can cause clotting, heart attack and stroke that can damage brain tissue and heart tissue.

The potential for type 2 diabetes can increase if you’re obese.

If your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, you’ll increase your potential for insulin resistance, the precursor of type 2 diabetes. While the body produces enough insulin, the cells don’t react as they should to it because of constantly higher amounts of blood glucose levels. It occurs due to overconsumption of food that puts stress on the ER—endoplasmic reticulum—the membranous network that occurs inside cells. That causes the ER to send out a signal to turn off the insulin receptors or dampen them down. That makes sugar levels higher, so more insulin is made, creating a vicious circle that ends in diabetes.

Obesity can cause a lot of pregnancy complications.

Whether it’s developing gestational diabetes, insulin resistance or high blood pressure, obesity causes many risks during pregnancy. It can cause pre-eclampsia, blood clots, premature birth, miscarriage and excessive bleeding after delivery. It may cause the need to do a C-section, result in a miscarriage, still birth or cause fetal defects of the brain and spinal cord. Women who became pregnant when they had a BMI of 40 or more had at least one of those complications.

  • Sleep apnea causes people to quit breathing for a short time when they sleep. Obese people are at a higher risk because the fat on their neck narrows the airway. That causes snoring and difficulty breathing when sleeping.
  • Obese people can develop a non-alcoholic liver disease called fatty liver disease. Fat builds up in the liver and damages it, causing scar tissue—cirrhosis. It has no symptoms, but can lead to liver failure.
  • You’re at a higher risk of developing gall stones if you’re obese. The gall bladder stores bile that goes to the small intestines for digestion. It aids in digesting fat. Obese individuals have higher cholesterol levels in their bile, or larger gallbladders that work inefficiently and can lead to painful gallstones.
  • The potential for some types of cancer increases in obese people. Those cancers include breast cancer, gallbladder, pancreatic, colon, kidney, cervix, uterus, endometrium, ovaries and prostate.

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Best Moves For Better Posture

Best Moves For Better Posture

At Thrive 24hr Fitness in Brookhaven, GA, we aim for the healthiest, fittest you possible. That means building strength, flexibility and endurance. All those things help you achieve better posture and better posture can lead to less pain and a healthier life. Your posture is how your body is aligned when you stand, sit or lay. It determines whether you’ll be tugging on muscles and causing strains or sprains when you lift or easily lifting objects without a problem. Good posture can help prevent fatigue, reduce backaches and prevent wear and tear of the joints.

Check out your posture in the mirror when you stand.

Your posture tells the world a lot about you. If you look in the mirror and see an image of defeat or misery that’s signaled by that slump in your posture, the rest of the world is seeing it too. Start by standing tall. Strengthening and building shoulders, back and chest muscles can help. Try a set of wall angels to help. Stand with your back and bottom against the wall, flattening your back. Stretch your arms up, palms facing out and squeeze your shoulder blades together, pull elbows down to shoulder height and then stretch back up again.

Identify the correct posture and try to maintain it.

If you’re unsure what correct standing posture looks and feels like, it’s tough to know if you have it. Use a wall to gauge your posture. Stand with your back to the wall. The back of your head, buttocks and shoulder blade should touch the wall. Your heels should be two to four inches away. You should be able to barely slide a flat hand behind the small of your back. If there’s too much space, pull your mid belly toward your spine to bring it closer to the wall. Arch your back if you can’t fit your hand there. Hold the position as you walk away from the wall.

Seated pelvic tilts can help improve sitting posture.

Use a sturdy straight back chair for this one. Sit on the edge, placing your hands on your thighs, while your feet are flat on the floor. Inhale as you tilt your pelvis and ribs forward, opening your chest as you look upward. Exhale while you tilt your hips backward and look downward at the floor. It’s a good exercise if you sit at the computer for long hours and not only helps posture, but can relieve back pain.

  • Walking posture includes standing erect and trying to push the top of your head toward the sky. Focus your eyes on a spot approximately20 feet ahead. Your chin should be parallel to the ground and shoulders back. Pull in your stomach, tuck in your bottom while rotating your hips slightly forward.
  • Sleeping posture is important. Don’t sleep on your stomach. If you sleep on your back, use a lumbar roll under your lower back. If you sleep on your side, put a pillow between your knees and keep them slightly bent.
  • Build your abdominal and other core muscles. Doing a plank can help improve them dramatically. If you have back issues, always tell your personal trainer, so he or she can modify your workout to address the issue.
  • If you’re sitting at the computer for long hours, get up and move around every 55 minutes. Don’t walk and watch or text on your cell phone, since it can result in text neck.

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Physiological Responses To Sugar

Physiological Responses To Sugar

Whether your mouth waters when you see a sweet, delicous cupcake or you’re smiling when you munch on an apple, your brain and body react to sugar. While the sugar found in fresh fruit can be quite satisfying and even provide benefits, added sugar, like in sweet treats like cupcakes, donuts and cookies, have a negative effect. That’s because fresh fruit and natural foods contain fiber that slows the physiological responses to sugar in the body. The biggest problem is that almost all processed foods on the market seem to have added sugar.

Sugar impacts your health negatively.

A huge number of studies show that sugar negatively impacts the health, whether it’s in food or in drinks. For instance, one study from the University of California in San Francisco showed the effect of sugar at the cellular level. It can age the body at the cellular level, just as smoking does. It causes stress to all parts of the body and damages your health. Your insulin will spike and drop suddenly, which can cause you to crave even more sugar.

Is the brain hard-wired to crave sugar?

There are anthropological studies that indicate that we might be hard-wired to crave sugar. Sweet tasting plants were often the safe ones to eat when man foraged for food. Sugar also has an addictive quality. It gives you a rush of energy that makes you feel good. That’s because it activates the opiate receptors and releases dopamine and seratoning that makes you feel great. Like cocaine, it gives a mild feeling of euphoria an a rush, so you want even more.

Excess sugar can damage the body.

The more sugar you eat, the more insulin you produce. There comes a point when you develop insulin resistance, so it leaves added sugar in your blood stream, even though cells may be starved for the glucose—sugar—in the blood. The insulin tells the cells to open and intake the glucose they need to survive. If they don’t remove the sugar from the blood stream, it remains in the blood causing even more insulin to be produced. That causes insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes.

  • Extra sugar in the blood can clog small blood vessels that service the heart, eyes, kidneys and brain. It can cause blood pressure to increase and also lead to stroke. It can cause the liver to work to hard and become damaged.
  • A diet high in sugar often leads people to chronic exhaustion, as well as deprive the body of the nutrients it would get from a healthy diet.
  • Too much sugar can affect the aging process and your skin. Collagen and elastin are necessary for youthful skin, but glucose from high blood sugar levels attaches to them, so they can’t do skin repairs.
  • HFCS—high fructose corn syrup is a processed product that combines sugars. It can cause leptin resistance. That means no matter how much leptin—the hormone that tells you that you’re full—is sent to the body, you still won’t feel full.

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Is A Mediterranean Diet Good For Me?

Is A Mediterranean Diet Good For Me?

If you asked what exactly is a Mediterranean diet, there’s a broad definition, which includes the foods traditionally eaten by people that live in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. The diet is chock filled with whole foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, whole grains and olive oil. There’s no breaded and fried foods like you’d find at today’s fast food places. If eating a healthy diet is your goal, a Mediterranean diet could be the perfect choice.

The Mediterranean diet has other unifying components.

Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts whole grains and healthy oils is always a good option and important to any diet. Red meat and dairy products are more limited in the Mediterranean diet. While some people find they have less congestion from limiting milk, it’s hard to take for others. Studies do show that cutting back on red meat is a healthy option.

A plant based diet has been touted as being healthier and the Mediterranean diet is more plant based.

Having a meatless Monday can be good for both your wallet and your health. The Mediterranean diet is created more around vegetables than meat. Even other animal products, like milk, eggs and poultry are more limited. There’s more seafood in the diet than red meat, but even that is more limited to twice a week. Fatty fish, which is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, are often used. Deep-fried fish isn’t part of the diet.

Healthy fat is an important part of the Mediterranean diet.

Rather than eating foods cooked in saturated or trans fats, the Mediterranean diet uses healthy fats. Olive oil is one of the primary oils. It’s a monounsaturated oil that helps lower LDL—the bad cholesterol levels. Nuts and seeds, which also contain the monounsaturated fats are also part of the Mediterranean diet. The diet also focuses on fatty fish, which has Omega-3 a polyunsaturated fat thats’ also healthy.

  • Part of the joy of following a Mediterranean diet is making a meal a social event to share with family and friends. A glass of wine with the meal is also good for health, as is the laugher and comradery.
  • Many of the herbs and spices that are used liberally in the Mediterranean diet also have additional nutrients, no calories and some health benefits. They reduce the need for salt.
  • Just like any healthy diet, increasing your servings of fruits and vegetables to seven to ten a day can be a very healthy change. Not only does it add more vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, it adds fiber, which can keep your blood pressure lower and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Whole grains are used for breads and pasta. Whole grains provide far more nutrients than white bread or products made from refined flour. Our nutritional program can help you find if a Mediterranean diet is right for you.

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Should I Count Calories Or Carbs?

Should I Count Calories Or Carbs?

Everyone wants to know the best way to shed those extra pounds. There are so many diets and ways of doing it but the two primary ones are to count calories or carbs. At Thrive 24hr Fitness in Brookhaven, GA, we know that there’s no simple answer or one-size-fits-all response. We focus more personalized nutritional programs. Counting calories and counting carbs are a lot alike. Higher carbohydrate foods like sugar, also have higher calories. However, a diet higher in fat and protein may be high in calories, but low in carbs. The key is that you’ll feel fuller faster and longer, so you won’t eat as much.

The keys are what you eat and how much you eat.

What you eat is probably the most important factor. If you ate a pound of frosted donuts, you’ll gain more weight than eating a pound of iceberg lettuce or a pound of celery. There are some advantages to counting calories and carbs, but not a big one. Oats, quinoa and bananas are high carb foods that are incredibly healthy. However, a diet that consists of just rice cakes and celery may be low in calories, but isn’t healthy either. Counting both makes you more aware of everything you mindlessly eat throughout the day, whether it’s a handful of candy at a coworkers desk or that last bite of potatoes left in the bowl.

Noting portion size is also important no matter which you count.

Learning what the portion size is for any food can also help you be more mindful of how much your consuming. Counting both calories and carbs also make you aware of the added calories in what you drink, which is often forgotten or dismissed, but plays a big role. Both tracking techniques help you become aware and learn more about your eating habits so you can change them.

It’s better to learn how to eat healthier rather than focusing on counting either.

Making smarter choices in food is what it’s all about if you want to get healthier. If you use a nutritional program that identifies portion size and can help you become more aware at foods that are healthy and nutritious or those that are empty calories, you’re bound to benefit, regardless of whether you count calories or carbs or even count at all.

  • Just slowing down how fast you eat and savoring every bite can be a big help in losing weight. It’s called mindful eating. It slows your consumption down so your stomach can message your brain that you’re full and helps you enjoy the food more.
  • Calorie counting, carb counting, mindful eating and learning to eat healthier are all retraining your brain to develop new habits to help you keep weight from returning.
  • Another benefit of tracking every morsel is that it helps you learn about when you’re hungry and when you’re not. If you have to write down every bite, you’ll be more inclined to only take that bite if you’re really hungry.
  • No matter which type of healthy eating you choose, it only works if you stick with it. Changing your eating habits to healthier eating is far easier to stick with than endless calorie and carb counting.

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Are Morning Workouts More Effective?

Are Morning Workouts More Effective?

Some people put off starting a program of exercise, because they aren’t sure when the best time to do it is. Are morning workouts more effective or should you do them at the end of the day to burn off stress? The answer is simple. Do your workout when it’s best for you. Don’t waste time worrying about whether one time is better than another. There are benefits to every time of the day, but doing the workout is the most important issue. If you’re a night owl, a morning workout probably won’t be your best time, but for others, working out before bed might make it difficult to sleep.

Working out before you go to the office has some benefits, but so does after work or lunch.

The benefit of working out earlier in the morning is that you get it out of the way. No matter how cluttered your day becomes, it’s finished, so you don’t have to worry about it. You normally workout on an empty stomach in the morning, so you’ll be burning your stored fat for energy, training your body to burn fat more efficiently. If you’re trying to build muscles, it’s probably best to do after you’ve eaten some protein, so either do it later in the day or after a protein shake.

Are you trying to improve your endurance?

You need to do your training when you have adequate glycogen stores. If you’re training for a marathon and any endurance event, try to train in the late morning, afternoon or evening, when your glycogen stores are at their maximum. It happens several hours after you’ve eaten a full meal that contains carbohydrates. If you tend to skip breakfast, do the workout later in the day after you ate. You’ll get more from your workout if you don’t run out of steam in the middle of it.

Boosting your power and strength depends on your body temperature.

While we’re not advocating taking your temperature before working out, your body temperature does affect how powerful you are. During your sleep, your body temperature drops and the discs in your back fill with liquid. Once your body is functioning for a while, the fluid in the spine returns to normal and the body temperature rises. That’s the best time to do power lifting. Normalizing your body by being up for a while is important for power lifting, especially if you tend to have problems with your back.

  • Consistency is extremely important, no matter what time of day you choose. That’s why finding a specific time in your schedule and sticking with it is important. It helps working out become a habit.
  • There’s no “best time” for everyone. It’s based on your body and your needs. If your schedule is constantly changing, you probably should workout the first thing in the morning or you’ll miss workouts.
  • Not everyone gets insomnia from working out later. If you find it doesn’t bother your sleep and you like working out in the evening, by all means, do it. Eat something small after you workout for recovery.
  • Eating something light before a strenuous morning workout is important for supplementing depleted glycogen reserves.

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