Post # 1
I have literally no free time in my current schedule, so I’ve started getting up at 5:00 to squeeze in a work-out. But since I’m not going to bed until 10:00 or 11:00, I’ve cut my sleep down to 6-7 hours a night.
So my question is, what do you think is more important: getting enough sleep, or getting consistent exercise?
Post # 3
I think you really need to balance both. I have heard it said by many fitness experts that 7-8 hours of sleep is really necessary for a proper weight loss plan. I think it’s okay to wake up early sometimes for the gym, but make sure you aren’t lacking sleep on a regular basis.
Post # 4
Both! But I’d have to say good sleep. If you don’t get good sleep you’ll be less likely to fully exercise anyway. Try getting to sleep earlier and fitting them both into your schedule!
Post # 5
I think it’s hard to balance…and it’s probably not good to consistently not get enough sleep. But for my mood, consistent exercise is really important. I used to feel bad if I overslept or something, though, and couldn’t work out. But I realized that even in those circumstances, something really short, even just 15-20 minutes on an elliptical or my bike, is better than nothing at all.
Post # 6
It depends on who you ask, I think. Exercise wins for me. I’ve been getting up at 5 a.m. or earlier for several years so I can work out in the morning. I sit all day at my job, and I feel lousy all day if I don’t get SOME movement in in the morning.
Post # 7
Fitness is a triangle: diet, exercise, sleep. They’re all equally important. However, you heal your body when you sleep…so if you can only do one I would say sleep. However, every body is different and not everyone needs 8 hours. My optimum is 6.5 hours. If you’re feeling ok with only 6-7 hours of sleep, then exercise away!
Post # 8
Sleep is WAY more important to me. I know myself and if I don tget the right amount of sleep I am cranky and moody and tend to lean toward just getting some pizza or something equally bad for me because I’m in a bad mood. Sleeeeep!
Post # 9
You can’t get all the benefits of exercise without the sleep, so sleep comes first! It’s not just for your brain, you body really needs it as well. And lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and heart problems.