This Week's Ask Gilad: Why is rest so important?
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Question: In your fitness programs, you always recommend getting plenty of rest. Why is rest so important?
The three most important elements to your fitness program are healthy eating, a regular exercise program and REST! Rest is often overlooked!
Making sure you get enough rest and a good night's sleep becomes even more important if you are exercising vigorously.
A good night's sleep is essential to our physical as well as mental health and positively affects our memory, creativity and overall well-being.
Many processes happen during our sleep time. Growth hormone, which is essential for recovery and improving fitness levels, is released during our sleep. Melatonin which is known as the 'sleep hormone' is often taken to recover from jet lag. Melatonin is released during sleep. It is an important and powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in maintaining good health and helping to reduce cell damage.
So, how much sleep do you need? The answer is that it varies from person to person. The bottom line is that a good night's sleep is a powerful tool to help you maintain your health and fitness levels. May you all have a good and restful night...!
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