According to a recent study, your cardio-respiratory fitness directly impacts your quality of sleep. In a 4-decade long study of 9,000 men and women, as cardio-respiratory fitness diminished, sleep complaints increased. Why the link? Study authors say that frequent exercise cuts back on anxiety and weight gain, both of which can contribute to sleep trouble in your 40s and 50s. What’s the best exercise to do to improve your sleep? The exercise that you like to do! If you like dancing, put music on and dance around for 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week. Like walking? That works, too–keep a steady pace, walk for 30 minutes (or more) 4-5 times a week. Really, any exercise that increases your heart rate moderately for 30 or more minutes, done 4-5 times a week, will work!
Office of Human Resources / Wellness / Weekly Wellness Topic – Sweat to Sleep Better!