A morning exercise routine will keep you active through the entire day, only if you are getting enough shut-eye at night. If you are chronically sleep deprived, exercise can make you fatigued or irritated.
Sleep is more important than exercise. Sleep deprivation can lead to major disorders. Losing even a couple of hours of sleep every few days can lead to a big sleep debt in the long run. Proper exercise is not possible if the body is not well rested. So yes, if you are not getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep daily, it’s better to skip the exercise part. But this shouldn’t become a habit. Try to sleep earlier so as to ensure that you get enough of both: exercise and sleep.
If you are trying to lose weight, you cannot ignore sleep. The hormone leptin, which suppresses hunger, is released, and levels of ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, are lowered, when we sleep. Insufficient sleep will make you binge more. Thus, enough sleep and a nutritious diet will help more than exercise.
Going for a brisk walk or jog might make you feel better when you have a cold. But don’t go for an intense workout. Exercising when you have fever is a strict no. As we burn calories, body temperature increases. This can be harmful when you already have fever. Our body needs rest and sufficient fluids when we are sick. So, it’s better to take a day or two off, rest, and then get back when fit.
► If a morning workout is absolutely impossible because of erratic timings, decide on a suitable time in the evening. Sufficient sleep, regular exercise, nutritious food, and a sound mind are the pillars of a healthy body. So, don’t ignore them. Work is important, but so is sleep and exercise. Do strike a proper balance.
► If exercising in the evening, do give your body 2 – 3 hours to cool down before you hit the sack, as body temperature increases when we exercise.
► If you can’t find time to exercise continuously, start working out in small intervals. A quick ten-minute workout in the morning, short walk after lunch, interval workouts, etc., are very effective. After all, where there’s a will, there’s a way!