Ann Titone explains Proper Rest!

I saw a post on Facebook the other day that really touched base with me and has since compelled me to write another blog expressing the importance of proper rest.  

So many of us are concerned with living a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise but just as important to our optimal health and happiness is the amount of sleep that we get.

The slightest amount of sleep loss can take a toll on your mood, energy, and ability to handle stress. It’s rare to take into consideration how your quality of sleep directly affects the mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even… get ready for it… YOUR WEIGHT!!

Though exact sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. A newborn, for instance, should get 12-18 hours sleep while an 18 year old should get 8.5-10 hours. The best way to determine if you’re meeting your sleep requirements is to evaluate how you feel as you go about your day.  A good way to monitor your personal requirement is by recording the time you go to bed, get up, total hours of sleep, and most importantly, how you feel during the day. As you keep track of your sleep, you’ll discover your natural patterns and get to know what’s best for you.

A few of the many symptoms to keep in mind indicating that you are not receiving proper rest is:

 

  • Feel sluggish in the afternoon 
  • Get sleepy in meetings, lectures, or warm rooms 
  • Need to nap to get through the day 
  • Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening 
  • Feel the need to sleep in on weekends 
  • Relying on the snooze button

So next you are scheduling time for work and other commitments, be sure to schedule enough time for sleep. Rather than cutting back on sleep in order to meet all the other daily requirements, put sleep at the top of your to-do list!  See how much better your quality of life becomes once you are well rested!

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Ann's Blog 8/27/2012

First of all, I would like to take the time to thank you for following along with my bi-weekly updates. I just competed in the Tampa Pro earlier this month, and although I’m not one of those girls who gains 20 pounds a week after the show, its time to get in gear for the next show.  In fact, even in my off season I try to keep it no more than 12 pounds over stage weight.  With that being said, I’m currently, 4 weeks and 4 days out from the 2012 Olympia and though I’m not “out of shape” it’s time to kick it up a notch with the training.  After hearing talk from the show that I brought my best package to date to the stage in Tampa, earning me my first professional title, I made a promise to myself I would bring that, plus 10% more, to the Olympia.  The only way to do that is to work 10% harder each time I climb on the morning cardio equip and hit the weights in the gym.  I always make it a point to drink my hydrolyze ultra while I’m busting out cardio in the morning and pushing iron in the evening.  Aside from the work it achieves getting rid of toxins, I’m also getting that hydration I need to push forward.  What a rush it is to be gracing the stage for a second year in a row.   Keep posted for updates as the BIG DAY approaches!!

Tip of the week:  Immediately following your workout, repair your muscles by consume your protein, amino acids and glutamine while enjoying a refreshing bottle of Hydrolyze Ultra.  By doing so, your body is going to uptake more of the nutrients and process them more efficiently.

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