Limitations Live Only in Our Minds

By EssentialsMAG fitness contributor LEE EASON

Lee Eason is a local veteran suffering from PTSD. He has set himself the challenge of running 10 kilometers every day for a year - a target of 3,650 kilometers in 2019!

A good workout can help you get great shut-eye. One thing I enjoy is a workout towards the end of the day to help me wind down when it comes to bed time.

However, with a busy lifestyle and three children this can be a hard task and unpredictable at times!

After doing some research, I have found that even as little as a ten-minute workout can help to improve your sleep. Also exercising for just 10 minutes may reduce your risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnoea and restless leg syndrome.

What’s the Exercise/Sleep Connection?

Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it reduces stress and tires you out. Early morning and afternoon exercise may also help reset the sleep/wake cycle by raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger sleepiness a few hours later. It can be especially helpful if you are able to exercise outdoors and let your body absorb natural sunlight during the daytime hours (especially now we have the longer days on our side).

Timing it Right

Exercising at night doesn't interfere with everyone's sleep. It depends on the individual. So, if you find that physical activity in the evening revs you up too much, do it earlier in the day. But if you find that the opposite is true - maybe you come home so exhausted that you hit the pillow and fall asleep, then, by all means, keep on doing what you're doing, whatever works for you and gives you the right night’s sleep. If you struggle, try out something new and let me know if it helps!

This month I want to give you a little motivation for anyone thinking they are too old, or too overweight, not trained for a while, or just building up the excuses.

A lady who I always remember hearing her story is Marie Dorothy Buder, (AKA the Iron nun). She is a World Record Holder in the long-distance triathlon race called Ironman, this consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. Marie completed this at the age of 82 years old!

I hope that is enough to kick you in to gear. Marie is 87 and still competing.

One thing I have noticed is that there is a lot more people out on their bikes, running and walking and that is great to see. If one person reads this and takes some motivation, then that’s #great!

“Never say the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

EssentialsMAG fitness contributor is Lee Eason

Victoria Lee