If sleep is limited, the risk of injury spikes. Performance levels will be half of what you’re normally used to, which will either A, disappoint and discourage you, or B, cause you to overexert yourself.
As much as it sucks, especially if you’re pregnant or a sleep-deprived mommy trying to fit in workouts, taking a day to rest is necessary. It might be a no brainer to some, but for the beginner or the woman who wants to accelerate her fitness/weight loss this is so frustrating! You’d much rather workout than take the opportunity to nap if it arises. You’re already seizing extra ways you can exercise and balance everything else, you really don’t have time for this!
But you do. Believe it or not, tissue repair happens when you’re getting ZZZ’s, so even if you worked out with weights the day before and you wanted to do cardio the next, accepting that chance to nap instead of exercise is still better than logging those burned calories. This means aiding the process in building toned muscles, which is good!
Think you’re getting enough sleep, even with a crying baby or pregnancy insomnia, but still lack the energy you’re positive you should have? Ask yourself these two questions, you might be surprised what they reveal to you.