The things that we choose are not always so easy to place a value on and set as priorities. We all see the value of our homes and cars and even our life styles. But sometimes value is hard to assign. Exercise is important for good health and how we feel. It’s also important on how we look. There are always huge emphasis on exercise with plenty of commercials, articles, products, and services to help us get in a better workout and see great results. And those are valuable parts of working out, indeed.
Yet I want to focus on the forgotten aspect of exercise and that is rest and sleep. Rest and sleep are of such importance that it would be hard to stress this enough. Our body needs periods of rest and slumber to recover from our workout. When we push our body beyond normal limits our most crucial needs must be replenished. Sleep allows us to restore the capabilities to our central nervous system that we don’t often think of when we consider our needs. We all know about the time required for improving our strength and endurance. But sleep is as important as any other ingredient we use in our exercise program. For example, when working out with weights or strength training, we create microscopic tears in our muscles and this is what we want. It is during the rest and sleep phases that scar tissues are formed to repair these microscopic tears which makes for muscle growth. Plus resting between workouts keeps us from burnout and gives more energy for the next workout session.
If you work out too often without any breaks or without taking enough rest and sleep breaks, then all that working out will be canceled out. Plus you risk injuring yourself as well as risk burnout. As with anything, balance is the key.
So one of the main elements to a successful exercise is to get the right amount of sleep and eat right. So by exercising and focusing on getting in shape or keeping in shape, we are in the minority of many people on earth as many do not make this a priority. However, for those who do workout on a regular basis, we can lose balance by overdoing it. We should not lose sight of the real important aspects of our exercise program, the ones that are so easy to overlook such as rest and sleep.