We have all always known that being active and exercising regularly is a great way to stay in shape and to burn fat. But not as many people realize how important it is to get a full night's sleep and to be well rested in order to stay fit. How much sleep do you get each night? Most people do not get the eight hours their bodies need. If you want to be fit and healthy, get more sleep. It's as simple as that. Catch the news on the car radio in the morning if you must (instead of staying up for the late evening news), but get a good night's sleep. You will be healthier for it.
Let me guess, you think of two things when you think of losing weight and getting fit: eating better and exercising more. Well, both eating right and exercising more are good ways to get fit and lose weight. But there is something simpler that you can start as soon as tonight without joining a gym, changing your diet, or buying healthier food. Here it is: you can also help yourself to lose weight by getting enough sleep.
When you sleep for only a few hours (like our pre-historic ancestors did during the summer) your hormones kick in and your appetite increases. This causes you to eat more food and to store more fat.
So, if you get more sleep, you will not be as hungry. As a result, you will eat less and your body will store less fat.
Couple that with an exercise routine and healthy eating and you will be well on your way to losing weight, getting fit, and looking great.