Last week we talked about the importance of sleep. People always ask us if it's worth sacrificing sleep for exercise. We briefly touched on it at the end of last week's post but thought it merited further discussion.
So, the question (which we hear all the time): If the only way to fit in exercise is to cut short your sleep, should you do it?
This has been a sleepless week in the Nielsen household as our youngest, 2.5-year-old Grant, has been under the weather with croup. Normally though, we're a family that takes sleep very seriously - hitting the hay early (by 10) and waking up with the birds.
So this week, which we've spent feeling grumpy and agitated, has been a good reminder of just how important sleep is to our basic functioning. It also plays a more significant role than most people realize when it comes to fitness success, and fat loss.
So, it's February. It's cold. Your new year's resolution is probably feeling like a distant memory. Are you finding it hard to get up off the couch to exercise? If so, this post is for you.
Us Nielsens are just back from a little Caribbean getaway, which means travel is on our minds these days. So many people work so hard to prepare their bodies for a beach vacation - but when they get there, end up throwing caution to the wind and indulging big time. The thing is, though, there are a few things you can do while you're away to minimize the damage to your progress and keep you feeling fit and strong in paradise - and when you return home afterwards.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!