ARTICLE: The Secret to Fitness is in the Bedroom

20 10 2008

In a January 2007 press release by the Better Sleep Council on Canada,  it was reported that only 10% of Canadians think good sleep is critical to fitness, yet nearly 30% admit that a “lack of energy” is the greatest barrier to improving their fitness.  Not surprising considering that in today’s world,  sleep is undervalued and having 8 hours of sleep is considered a luxury of time.

Sleep loss, however, is associated with significant health problems, such as depression, headaches and impaired heart function.  It has been linked to poor concentration, lower productivity and poor work quality –  skills required to work efficiently.  Sleep loss can interfere with memory, reasoning and concentration – skills required when taking advanced learning courses.  Lack of sleep make us irritable and can obviously strain our relationships with co-workers, friends and family.

Sleep Well to Keep Fit

Sleep Well to Keep Fit

Dr. Stacy Irvine, Chiropractor and Fitness Expert on behalf of the Better Sleep Council Canada stated that “regular exercise releases endorphins that relieve stress, and the physical exertion helps our bodies crave rest for a more deep and restful sleep.  The benefits of sleep and fitness are reciprocal”.

Tips to have a good night’s sleep:

  • Unwind. Put any type “work” away, dim the lights and focus on taking deep breaths.  By separating your day’s activities from your sleep, you begin to train your body to relax.  (This is the hardest tip to follow but critical to a good night’s sleep).
  • Be consistent. Try to get up at the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time in the evening, seven days a week.
  • Mattress check. If you sleep better in someone else’s bed, it might be time to get a new mattress.
  • Exercise. Incorporate fitness into your daily schedule; at least 45 minutes a day.  Include cardio, weight training, yoga, sports  and stretching into your weekly activities so that your body and mind remain active during the day and ready to retire at night.

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MAGAZINE: Sept/Oct Issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers

13 10 2008

I am a big fan of fitness magazines.  I like to subscribe, buy them, keep them and read them over and over for motivation.  A staple in my collection are issues of Muscle and Fitness Hers.  It’s focused on fitness and health and the women that grace the pages of the magazine are in beautiful shape — not too skinny like fashion magazines and not too muscular to turn you off.  They are toned, feminine and sexy.  One Ohio reader raved, “Thanks for using models who epitomize the beauty of a naturally toned and muscular body.”

Aimed at “women who want more out of fitness“, the common theme is that you CAN fit fitness into your lifestyle and you SHOULD.  There’s no excuse they don’t provide solutions for.  The layout is great with a balance of pictures, content, graphics and advertisements.  The information is varied, interesting, helpful and clear.   And instructions are easy to follow, straight forward and motivating enough for me to want to try recommendations at my next meal and workout.


muscle & fitness HERS cover

muscle & fitness HERS cover


  • Bored with your cardio routine?  Check out p. 50 for steps on how to run with true purpose
  • Do you really kill it at the gym?  Test your strength and endurance against the workouts on p. 72
  • Keep working at it but you just can’t lose any weight?  Be sure to review the 5 possible medical reasons why this may be on p. 84
  • Think that white meat is better than dark?  So did I until I read p. 70
  • The magazine is available in at major chain stores and retails in Canada for $6.99.  If you pick up the Sep/Oct issue, there’s a savings voucher.  Get 6 issues for $14.97.

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