A balance of training, nutrition, and recovery is the secret to wellness.
When we match the way we move, eat, and rest (both mentally and physically) to our fitness goals, our bodies are more receptive to transformation. That means more room for strength and competitive output. Less room for body fat, built up stress, and tension.
If you’re the workhorse type, then you usually have no problem sliding on another weight plate to the barbell, taking on that extra project, or staying up one more hour to get ahead with work – but how often do you consider the amount of time you dedicate to rest? The warrior who wins the game is the one who prioritizes his recovery as much as his work.
Where do you start? The answer is simpler than you might think.
Our sleep is the main avenue of allowing our bodies to remove waste and restore function.
Without adequate rest from sleep, we limit our ability to perform at our highest capacity.
Here are some ideas on how to optimize your evening routine each night to get a more restful night of sleep.
- Set a non-negotiable daily bedtime
Use an alarm to remind you when it’s time to start winding down and work on establishing a consistent sleep schedule.
- Finish meals 3 hours before bedtime
Prepare a light dinner to ease digestion before bed and increase your quality of sleep.
- Shut down technology 1 hour before bedtime
Blue light exposure suppresses our body’s ability to naturally regulate melatonin, our sleep-regulating hormone.
Build on one habit at a time and you’ll be on your way to establishing an evening routine for more restful sleep.
Sleep soundly tonight and train like a beast tomorrow!
Old Bull Athletics