According to new research, exercise can do a lot to help you have a good night’s sleep. Personally, I feel better after a nice work out, especially in the evening. I strongly recommend exercise and a healthy diet to help you relax and deal with chronic aches and pains. After this blog post, I am heading out for a nice workout this beautiful sunny morning. Happy Exercising!!
My eyes lit up when I came across a recent New York Times article on sleeping and exercise. In the article, the National Institutes of Health pointed out that more than half of adults ages 60 and over have trouble sleeping. This does not affect just older people, it can affect people at all ages. Getting adequate sleep helps maintain physical and cognitive well-being. Exercise is also an effective cheap remedy to help with fatigue and body aches.
Highlights from a few studies mentioned in the New York Times article, To Fall Asleep, Get Off the Couch on the subject matter include the following:
A 2011 study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that physical activity was a “promising strategy” to decrease frequent sleep interruptions among those with arthritis.
A study done at Oregon State University and published in December in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, looked at activity and sleeping habits of 2,600 men and women 18 to 85 years of age. Those who followed the federal Department of Health and Human Services guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week reported a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.