Lack of activities can prevent you from living a healthy life. When you do not enjoy activities (I am talking about those that require some body movement), you may feel fatigue, tired or find it difficult to sleep at night. When you awake in the morning, you might feel tired until you finally fall asleep. As we age, our bodies change and we have to make changes to accommodate our lives.
Importance of Sleep
Having a good night sleep makes our mind think more clearly. A good night rest also boosts your energy while controlling your weight. This is turn, allows you to make better decisions with less stress.
Sleeping well during the night makes our immune system stronger and that will keep us healthier and a body ready to react against any illness. Researchers have proven that a good night’s sleep is necessary for our health.
Researchers have also found that lack of sleep reduces the growth hormones in our bodies since it eats muscles and develops fat. Finding an activity that you can practice during the week is the best way to avoid any such problems like the ones mentioned above.
Walking will help loosen your muscles, reduces stress and depression along with anxiety. By reliving these things, it will help us rest for a longer and deeper period. So when we wake up in the morning we feel happier and more rested.
When you exercise, you get a good night’s sleep which promotes metabolism. Without the right amount of rest, our anatomies crave energy. Our body will release insulin or glucose into the bloodstream which slows down metabolism. This action causes the body to gain weight rather than control weight.
When a person feels exhausted, they will feel weak and repressed from enjoying activities. This leads to additional problems. Sleeping the right amount balances out our bodies giving us more energy leading to more activities that will satisfy our sleep needs. It’s the classical catch-22.
What to Avoid
To rest properly and feel active you must reduce your intake of caffeine, nicotine, harmful chemicals, such as over-the-counter medications and drugs that keep you awake, alcohol and so on. Try to avoid drinking anything containing caffeine after 8 p.m. in the evening. Nicotine should be avoided if possible. If you must smoke, try to avoid smoking after 8 p.m.
Stop watching any TV or computer two hours before going to sleep. Our body gets tricked very easily by the acute lights and sleep is relegated, as our brain starts focusing on what we are watching or reading.
Start a walking program in the morning hours to help wake you up, while boosting your energy. You will feel better since the joints will feel flexible enough to move freely. In addition, walking will help you burn fat and calories. You’ll notice a big change in how you feel the rest of the day. Start out walking at a slow steady pace for as far as your comfortable.
If you haven’t been exercising then start slow. Each day you should to pick up the pace a bit and walk further than the day before. Just remember when walking that you want to work up to a steady brisk walk to make you sweat, but not so hard that you are out of breath. Taking a short walk before and after your meals helps to calm your nerves and burns calorie consumption too. It will give you energy, relieve that stress from the long day, and help you rest at night.
If you start a walking program for yourself, it is a lot more fun if you have someone to go with you. Talk to that neighbor you don’t know and maybe he or she will walk with you. Just think about it; you’ll be acquainted with someone new. Talk about new things will reduce stress and get in your exercise as well. This might help that friend too who maybe hasn’t seen or talked to anyone in a couple of days and then they can sleep better at night.
After walking, be sure to cool down. When walking at a vigorous pace your heart rate will go up and it needs to be back to normal. Just walk a little slower and relax until you’ve cooled down.