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Why Sleep…. Sixpack Abs of course!

Sleep!!! to Sixpack Abs

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It’s really unfortunate that I have to use that key marketing catch word “sixpack” to get your attention with regards to probably  one of the most important activities  required to attain a healthy BMI and general state of Living Fit… that being, proper sleep, as an integral step of rest and recover.

It seems these days due the daily pressure of “getting it done” in our Western society it’s virtually impossible to get  8 or 9 (eight or nine) hours of  healthy peaceful sleep on a daily basis. The inhibitors for our rest and recovery are endless; work, family responsibilities, over training or exercising, the ever growing addiction to electronic devices and the Internet, the general stresses of day-to-day living either impair our ability to get to sleep and if we do get to sleep, realize a restful sleep.
Studies show that the amount of sleep you get dictates how much body fat percentage you will retain on your body and how much strength and muscle you will gain.
If  you cut corners on sleep and rest and recovery days, the challenge for you to lose weight including excessive fat stores and improve your strength and muscle gains, will be increased tenfold.
It is shown that individuals who sleep less than 6 hours a night, are at a much higher risk of gaining and retain weight as the years go on. Depending on your body type and your metabolic rate, you can potentially gain upwards of an average of 10 pounds a year simply by being sleep deprived.

So many of us have bought into the fact that sleep is a waste of time which is basically a by-product of our society’s “more is always better” when it comes to work and activity. The time that you sleep is so important and integral to your body recovering, rejuvenating and allowing  your brain to reboot and deal with daily stresses and activities.

 

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When you sleep, your body retools and mentally debriefs.

As you sleep the body is:

  • Repairing and rebuilding torn down muscle cells from exercise or days labour and stress.
  • Clearing the digestive system and helping it to recover.
  • Repairing and supporting the cell structure of the body
  • Replenishing the supply of energy to all aspects of the vital organs, and musculature
  • Providing the nervous system and the brain opportunity to stabilize and process.
  • Reinforcing supporting the immune system by consuming and discharging dead cells and allowing it to neutralize toxins in the system and gut.
  • Detoxing and replenishing  the cells of the body as well as aiding in rehydration of each and every cell.
  • Balancing and stabilizing the hormones that are related to stress and digestion. (When you are sleep deprived, “the  combination of low leptin and high ghrelin is likely to increase appetite” through the day for cheap sugar loaded energy  junk foods.)

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Why  8 (eight) hours you ask? Studies have shown that the first  4 (four)  hours of the sleep cycle are  utilized by the body for rest, repair, and recover.  The remaining 4 (hours) are heavy dream state for stress reducing processing of  daily related emotional and mental input of activities and thus allowing the brain to reboot so to speak. It is shown that some people can do all of this in a 6 six hour span of quality slumber, so strive to maintain a good healthy attitude towards getting to bed early and getting at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a day.  Thus the saying “early to bed early to rise” isn’t too far off the mark.

Take the time to give your body what it needs to recover and rejuvenate and you will notice an increase in; energy, ability to focus and stay alert during daily tasks, handling day-to-day stress, realize great  gains in muscle and loss in fat with reduced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness from exercise as well. Oh and not to mention…  the fact that your sexual performance will also improve.

 

And yes as much as I disdain that chasing  of the sixpack ab syndrome it will also help you to acquire that …if you’re still stuck on compliance.

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Stay tuned for more in 2016 when we will provide you with deeper insights on how to acquire and maintain  this and additional aspects  of the 7steps to LiveFit.

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Thats it for today cheers and Peace Through Expression  of Love of Self and Giving

 

 

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