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The Importance of Sleep to Wellness

There is a reason why your mom strictly enforced your bed time when you were younger. No, it is not because she needed a break from you, but rather she wanted to make sure that you were well-rested for the next day. Sleep is of the utmost importance from when you are a small child to a fully functioning adult. Sleep becomes more important with age, yet many people often find themselves not getting as much as they need as they grow older. Whether it’s work, school, kids, or whatever responsibilities you may have, there just may not seem to be enough time in the day to get the rest you need.

Benefits of Sleep

According to a two-year study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, it is appropriate for teenagers to get 8-10 hours of sleep while 7-9 hours of sleep is suggested for young adults and adults. Deviating from the suggested sleep time can have a negative impact on your daily life if you sleep too little or too much. Find that balance in your schedule to allow for the necessary sleep time to be able to reap the benefits of a full night’s sleep.

Improved Awareness

Individuals who lack sleep are known to have decreased awareness. Their reaction times can be decreased which can be dangerous when operating motor vehicles. They also tend to experience a period of grogginess in the early morning. To avoid this, many people seek caffeine to get a sharp boost of energy which can be detrimental to one’s health if consumed in excess.

Better Mood

It is proven that lack of sleep negatively affects your mood. Individuals who do not get enough sleep may be irritable, impatient, and unable to concentrate. When you are well-rested, you are more likely to have a positive attitude and improved mood, which can help you face the challenges ahead.

Strengthened Immune System

A full night’s rest gives your body the time to repair itself from the stressors it’s exposed to during the day, thus strengthening the immune system. A strong immune system can help you fight off a cold, the flu, and other illnesses that attack you body.
Make sure you get a full night’s rest before you visit Sweat Equity Fitness; you’re going to need it! Our station-based, high intensity interval sessions require maximum effort throughout the entirety of the workout and will push your body to the limit. Expect a boost in endurance, your metabolism, and energy levels as result of our highly effective training sessions. Join us today for a free week!

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Functional Training vs. Traditional Workout Methods

At Sweat Equity Fitness, our fitness sessions mainly revolve around functional training. Though we train with enthusiasm, it is understandable that some people are confused about the difference between functional and traditional workout methods. To maintain a productive fitness routine requires time, energy, and a lot of self-discipline. You wouldn’t want to be spending your resources on something that doesn’t apply to you, so how is it that functional training differs from traditional workout methods, and is it right for you? Continue reading “Functional Training vs. Traditional Workout Methods”

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Top 3 Factors That Contribute to Wellness

The rising popularity of nutrition pseudo-science and “broscience” can make it difficult to find out what you need to focus on to improve your wellness. The truth is, the exact points will differ wildly from person to person. While a personal trainer can give you the insight you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle, there are still the following top 3 factors that apply to everyone who want to become healthier.

Diet

A better diet is often one of the strongest factors of wellness, but the lines often blur once we try to parse what “better” means. Speaking broadly, we know that the right diet for anyone is one that gives the body an adequate cocktail of vitamins, macronutrients, and minerals needed to achieve peak performance.

Whether you want to reduce your risk for hypertension, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and a number of other health conditions, the right diet may be all you need to achieve your goal. What diet do you need to pick? Instead of looking up niche fad articles online, it is better to consult with your local wellness coach who can take your nutrition needs into consideration.

Sleep

The importance of sleep has seen a resurgence in recent years. While awareness shows how sleep plays a significant role in everyday performance, it also puts it in the same unfortunate gray area that diet is so entrenched in. Some people claim they can sleep for four hours a day and function fine. Others say they need to catch up on sleep in the weekend to catch up on what they lost during the workweek.

Simple science keeps things in perspective; seven to nine hours of sleep are necessary for most adults to perform at their best. Those who can function with less hours (or need more) are exceptions to the rule. Younger people often need more sleep, older people (over 65 years old) often need less.

Exercise

Even with the right diet and sleep, many people will feel like something is missing when they do not exercise. A lack of movement often leads to heightened stress levels. The stress can then result in disruption in healthy habits, creating a cycle that is difficult to break. While the specifics of exercise are still a mystery to many (there’s no such thing as the best exercise for everyone) we can still find some ground in the following truths:

An exhaustive list of the benefits of exercise can take centuries to finish. If you are serious about pursuing wellness, exercise should not be avoided. Those looking for a fitness club in Fort Lauderdale to increase their wellness can find a home at Sweat Equity Fitness. Our coaches and biometric tracking apps help outline a fitness plan for you with classes available throughout the week. Try a free week with us!

Top 3 Benefits of Weight Training

For many years, people primarily associated weight training with men looking to increase muscle mass. It is not surprising that many women have avoided weight training, as the misconception that weight training will add bulk and look unfeminine is still widely believed. Instead, many women choose to take up lighter activities such as yoga and spin classes. Even some men looking to slim down or build lean muscle choose running or bodyweight training to achieve their fitness goals in an attempt to bypass weight training. While these activities are very beneficial, few fitness activities are more beneficial than weight training. Weight training can: Continue reading “Top 3 Benefits of Weight Training”