One of the major benefits of exercise is improved sleep. We all have busy lives and stressors that we might not even realize. These are also things that can keep us from getting a good night’s sleep.
A recent study was done to determine the best exercises to improve sleep habits. Here are the findings:
“Data analysis showed that while walking was beneficial, activities like aerobics/calisthenics, bicycling and running were even more likely to be associated with healthy sleep; weightlifting and yoga also proved beneficial. All activities were associated with fewer cases of insufficient sleep, except for housework and childcare.
‘Although previous research has shown that lack of exercise is associated with poor sleep, the results of this study were surprising,’ lead investigator Michael A. Grandner, PhD, director of the Sleep & Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in Tucson, told IDEA Fitness Journal.
‘Not only does this study show that those who get exercise simply by walking are likely to have better sleep habits, but these effects are even stronger for more purposeful activities, such as running and yoga, and even gardening and golf. It was also interesting that people who receive most of their activity from housework and childcare were more likely to experience insufficient sleep. We know that home and work demands are some of the main reasons people lose sleep.'”
For more information on this study, read the full article from the IDEA Health & Fitness Association:
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