Sleep. The most important part of recovery.
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Thank you to everyone who came out last Monday and sweat through Murph! We had our largest group ever! So much fun to workout with everyone and share some delicious food (PORK, BACON and DONUTS!!) after! So proud of each and every one of you that did Murph. We had another wave of Murph on Tuesday and you all rocked it! Were you as sore as I was the rest of the week? Lots and lots of mobility and by Friday I could finally go up and down the stairs without groaning!
Coach Chris is planning to run Murph again the last Sunday of June so mark your calendars for June 26th at 8am!
Something that’s been on my mind is sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well for the last week. I know it, I can feel it in my workouts during the week. I don’t have the energy to get myself through a WOD like I usually do. Part of this lack of sleep is the heatwave we’ve just had. I know it’s temporary and it’ll pass but I crave a good night sleep when I haven’t gotten it. How important is sleep? Let me explain! You eat well, you come to class 4-5 times a week. You are working hard to do the right things for your body and mind. But if you are not sleeping well at night, I’m talking 7.5-9 hours, your body cannot heal itself. When you sleep well you secrete hormones that help control appetite, metabolism and glucose processing. Research has shown that getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep makes it more likely for you to gain weight. It increases your levels of the stress hormone, make you more prone to diabetes, obesity, hypertension and will make you highly irritable as the brain isn’t working the way it should be. An athlete that is irritable is not a positive athlete and without that beautiful night of sleep can rob you of the grit you need to push yourself through a workout.
You know the drill. Eat well, avoid caffeine late in the day, watch out of alcohol at night as it can effect your sleep, workout regularly and be mindful of your electronics at night. Seriously! That blue light from your phone, tv or ipad can disrupt your natural melatonin. If you need those electronics at bedtime, buy some of those fancy blue-light blocking glasses. Your significant other will think you are pretty darn hot in them! Put a fan in your room when it’s hot (I should listen to myself), extra blankets when it’s cold, kick the dog out and make sure your room is nice and dark.
Tonight is the night for sleep! Sleep well and train hard!
Keep moving athletes! You are all doing so well and looking SO strong!