We all know that exercise is good for us and we are supposed to do a certain amount each week to help keep our bodies healthy and strong. The current recommendations from the UK NHS are that adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
Sleep, and getting enough, is also essential. It’s a fine balance. You need to get enough good sleep, to feel up to doing exercise, and exercise can help you to actually sleep better.
That’s all well and good, knowing this, but I am a busy working mum, and if you are familiar with our life, sleep in reasonable amounts has been somewhat lacking for me, with a little boy who has struggled with sleep issues.
Life has settled down for us, and he sleeps better, so I can now start to focus on looking after me a bit and catch up on sleep as well as making sure I am looking after my body by getting some exercise, and slotting that in as part of my routine.
I run. It’s what I do for exercise both for physical health and aerobic activity but also it helps to clear my mind and release stress. It’s a relatively cheap exercise for me, I don’t wear fancy running gear, just good running shoes and my water bottle. I get home from work, throw on my running gear, make sure I stretch and warm up, then off I go. Even when I am at my most tired, grumpy or really don’t feel like it mood, I always feel better for it, when I make the effort, and when I get home and am doing my warm down and stretching, I tell myself that I knew I needed that run. I can slot it in around my busy work and family life and on a good week, I can get two to three 5km runs in, plus because I don’t drive, and I do a job where I am on my feet all day, and running around a lot, that generally gets me enough exercise in the week. When I can’t run, or fail to fit it in, I struggle both emotionally and physically. I am not a professional runner, by any stretch, but it’s what works for me, and gets me the exercise I need.
I have also recently started attending a beginners pilates class, to help with stretching and strength. I was quite nervous, because I am NOT a fan of exercise classes and groups, and always worry that I will be the most clumsy and inept looking one present, but so far, I am enjoying it, and I don’t feel that everyone is laughing at my antics as I try and learn the exercises.
So now I am getting more exercise, it’s vital I get better sleep too. Exercise releases lots of good endorphins that can contribute to a better nights sleep, and I do generally feel a “good” kind of tired, when I have had a run but getting a good nights sleep helps me feel better too, on top of that. Making sure I get to bed at a sensible time, in a room that’s conducive to sleep, having a good mattress to fall comfortably onto, are essential. If you take your exercise seriously and want to support your body whilst it sleeps at night, recovering from activity, then a mattress designed with that in mind, is worth investing in. Working hard and making sure your body is fit and in good shape is a bit pointless if you are going to undo that work by climbing into bed on a mattress that isn’t supporting your body or making you feel worse when you wake up in the morning.
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So not only is working hard on your body, important, but sleeping well is too. You can’t really have one without the other, can you?
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*This post was written in collaboration with BedGuru, all words are my own*