Getting Enough Rest: Why It's As Important As Getting Enough Exercise

It's so important to be active and get enough exercise if you want to be physically fit and combat diabetes. We're inundated with recommendations about how to fit more fitness into our lives.

But did you ever stop to think about your need to rest?

Sleep Deprivation

When you sacrifice sleep for activity, you're not necessarily making a wise exchange. Proper sleep is important to your mental and your physical health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a downward spiral.

Lack of sleep prevents you from putting all your energy into your activities. It can make you cranky and depressed. It stresses out your system and can even interfere with the regulation of your blood sugar.

Overdoing It At the Gym

When you exercise, you might sometimes come to a point at which you feel very sore, or even endure a minor injury. Common advice tells you to push through it, but unless you're training for the Olympics, that's not necessarily good advice.

If you feel you've overdone it with your workout, it's not laziness to skip a session or two. Make sure your body's in peak physical condition so you can reap the benefits of a good workout, rather than do more damage.

Balance

Health requires a balance. Your body needs to
rest and recharge as much as it needs to be active and eat healthy. Look at the balance in your life and make sure that resting is not getting the short end of the stick.

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