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Are you neglecting or missing out on your most valuable training asset?

Are you neglecting or missing out on your most valuable training asset?

Without a doubt there is an important connection between our sleep quality and our physical fitness goals, and in many cases this is a lesser considered piece of the complex healthy living puzzle. Diet, motivation, timing, supplements, exercise, rest, and gear are the most common fitness subjects that we consider when plotting our goals. After months of training, if expectations are not met and we aren’t reaching our goals, we’re most likely to blame one of these things. Although the most common fitness struggles (focus, energy, endurance, plateauing) can sometimes be the culprit hindering our goals, be sure to consider other aspects of your lifestyle that might be surprisingly halting your potential… Are we resting enough? Did you know, Sleep plays a huge role in muscle recovery? Without adequate rest your body will fail to adapt to even the best training programs or nutritional plans. During your sleep cycles, growth hormones are produced and protein synthesis occurs. For active individuals this impacts your energy consumption, mental focus/alertness and physical readiness for tomorrow’s workout. Physical Benefits of Sleep: The repairing of muscle and other tissues, and the replacement of aging/dead cells. Protein synthesis occurring under conditions of sleep but it occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, not the muscles. Human growth hormone is created and released by the body during early sleep stages which is typically when the deepest sleep cycles exist. During REM (Rapid Eye Movement) the body will restore organs, bones, and tissue. Replenish immune cells and circulate human growth hormone. Sleep has a profound effect on overall muscle growth and physical well being. The body has less of...