Skip Sleep So I Can Exercise in the AM?

Posted 06/05/2015 | By HealthCorps

For many of us with busy lives, there may be days when we are forced to choose between a full night’s sleep, and getting up early to exercise. Getting less than seven hours of sleep can make you feel foggy, forgetful, and unfocused, and it can negatively affect job performance.   If faced with the situation, choose sleep over exercise, but compensate with extra movement throughout the day, and carefully consider your calorie intake.  If you deal with this challenge on a regular basis, try to get to sleep earlier, or fit in fitness during your lunch hour or after work.

Experts like Dr. Oz emphasize the importance of sleep for overall health.  Find creative ways to get fit and stay fit without compromising your sleep.  Use interval training, short bursts of more vigorous exercise during your workout, to shorten your workout on some days.  Save longer workouts for the days you get a restful and complete night’s sleep.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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