The Importance of Rest to a Healthy Lifestyle Video

Learn how you can live a healthier, happier and smarter life in this series featuring the five secrets from Fitness Guru Annick Robinson. In this part she looks at the importance of rest and proper sleep to a healthy lifestyle.
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The Importance of Rest to a Healthy Lifestyle Veronica: Fitness guru Annick Robinson is sharing her secrets to a healthy lifestyle. Hi, I’m Veronica at WatchMojo.com. And today, we’re taking a look at the last step rest and recovery. Annick Robinson: You have to be sleeping adequately in order for your body to be able to recover from whatever you are doing and for your body to rebuild itself. It rebuilds itself and rests itself at night during deep sleep. So for the first thing we need to look at is how are you sleeping? And we look at sleep hygiene. And what sleep hygiene mean is how long are you sleeping, when are you sleeping, are you sleeping during the shift work, during the day or at night, how early do you go to bed, how early do you wake up? And when you’re sleeping, how often do you wake up and how long does it take you to get back to sleep? And when you’re in sleep, how deeply do you sleep. Veronica: So how many hours do we need to rest at night? Annick Robinson: Well on average, the human body is designed to rest for about eight hours per night or more. Before we invented the light bulb, we use to go to bed at sun down and we’d wake at sun up. So most of us are going to bed far too late or sleeping far too poorly or waking up too early. And what happens is build-up what we call a sleep debt. And you’re chronically sleep deprived and you have a debt of sleep, your body will force you to make up for that death by making you sick. In prehistoric times, a caveman, if he was consistently sleep deprived, it meant either that his tribe was under attack by say wolves or another tribe or perhaps if there was a famine. So the endocrinological system will put you into what we called survival mode which means that your body will decide that no matter how much you’re exercising or how well you’re eating, your body will take all those calories and put it into fats storage, and predominantly around the middle into the core, what we call visceral fat and that is really dangerous. That is predisposition to disease when you have high amount of visceral fat. Veronica: What do you have to say to those people say they just can’t fall asleep any earlier and they don’t mean more than four hours. Annick Robinson: Most people are cut in this really vicious cycle where they tell me they can’t sleep and then I say, “Well, what are you taking during the day in terms of coffee and stimulants?” Most people will say, “Well, I’m so tired that I take a cup of coffee in the morning.” And I’ll ask, “Is it a small cup or is a 16 ounce cup? And then how many of those during the day are you taking? And then are you eating a lot of sugar during the day, are you having stimulants or stimulating drinks?” And then I look at really the true cycle of sleep deprivation usually means that those people are addicted to stimulants, and you can never get off to that cycle. Veronica: If you’ve had a hard night, are there other ways to get that energy? Annick Robinson: There are things that you can do that help compensate for lack of sleep, like massage for example or doing a thermo circuit going in to the sauna and then finishing with cold ice shower. And for people who are really sleep deprived, there are other steps that we can take. Veronica: Because you’re recovering after workout, what is the proper way? Annick Robinson: Well the truth is that exercise is another stress on the body. So when you’re exercising, your body needs to recover from the exercise that you’ve been participating. And if you take your body into a good resistance training routine, you’re probably going to total muscle exhaustion which is a term that means that your last repetition or whatever it was, was the last repetition your body was able to handle before it went into failure. So when you’re at that point, your body actually has micro tears that are created in the muscle and your muscle needs to rennet reknit itself back together in order to create more muscle fibers. So it’s really

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