Monday, March 14, 2011

sleep and rest

You should be getting enough rest after and in between days you workout.  You should be eating a carbohydrate meal 2 hours before you workout and simple carbohydrates and proteins directly after you workout, which helps with the recovery process.  Working out more than 4 or 5 days really takes a toll on your body and doesn't allow your energy stores to fully replenish, and your muscle tissue to repair.  If you don't give yourself enough time to rest than your body will continue to break down muscle tissue.  You should be getting at least 7 to 8 hours a night so your body has enough time for recovery.  Lack of sleep will promote cortisol which causes fat production, and causes not enough human growth hormone that helps with the recovery process when your resting.  It also causes your body to decrease the production of glycogen synthesis, which is the use of carbohydrates for energy processes.


  1. I know you stated that everyone should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. I wonder how much an average person gets..also specifically college students? What are good carbs to eat before you work out? Is there better foods then others. I also bet a lot of people don't know that you shouldn't work out every day of the week.

  2. That is really interesting. When I did track we had practice every day after school and saturday mornings. It was a crazy workout schedule and I never got enough sleep during track season. I wonder how much of a difference it makes working out 20-30 minutes each day rather then working out for an hour or more a few times a week?