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Is sleep or exercise more beneficial?

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Created May 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Say you get home from work late, because well, it happens. You could either have dinner and go to bed and get your solid 8+ hours, or if you feel you have the energy you could make it to the gym before it closes at 10pm to do a session and get roughly 7 hours sleep. Which situation is more beneficial to weight loss considering all other things are balanced and equal?

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:05 PM

+1 "Go the fuck to sleep."

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Yeah I should pack a dinner and eat it on the way to the gym perhaps....although its only fivw minutes down the road it wold save an hour or more of cooking, eating, digesting once im home

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I will have to start doing this. I like the sound of this.

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Great article!

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:59 PM

ahh thanks :) i'll have a read now!

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:36 PM

neat thank you!

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i just wonder this because sometimes I get home late from work and I could easily just call it a night and veg on the couch, but a better part of me knows that exercise is as beneficial as rest and I should really do a workout because it helps with energy, mood, sleep, overall health but then I am negotiating the important hours of sleep....

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:17 PM

"Recent chronic partial sleep deprivation experiments, which more closely replicate sleep loss in society, demonstrate that profound neurocognitive deficits accumulate over time in the face of subjective adaptation to the sensation of sleepiness." Durmer, J. and Dinges, D., "Neurcognitive Consequences of Sleep Deprivation," Seminars in Neurology, Volume 25, No. 1, 2005.

More plainly put, in the immortal words of Adam Mansbach (as memorably read by Samuel L. Jackson), "Go the fuck to sleep."

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:05 PM

+1 "Go the fuck to sleep."

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Intersperse exercise throughout your day. Do pushups in a supply closet, squats at your desk, a few jumping jacks in the bathroom... you get the idea. This also makes your work day kind of fun and you will be more refreshed than your poor sad co-workers who are guzzling Red Bull and eating M&Ms to wake up from their post-lunch pasta induced coma. Then come home and enjoy a full night of sleep.

Make sure you are using your weekends to get a good long outdoor play session in. I notice a dramatic (and I mean DRAMATIC) improvement in my mood when I make a conscious effort to be outside every possible minute of my weekend.

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I will have to start doing this. I like the sound of this.

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Stress is stress, your body cant tell the difference between stress from exercise or stress from work. So, if you are feeling run down it is best just to get some sleep. I just read an article about stress/exercise on the Whole 30 website, I will link you to it.

http://whole9life.com/2012/05/rest-vs-recovery/

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:59 PM

ahh thanks :) i'll have a read now!

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Great article!

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:11 AM

I work late everyday, as in start late and finish at 8:30. I also make it to the gym 3 times a week. On the days I workout, I eat lunch and dinner at work. Sure, I don't always like it, but I do what works best for my schedule and what my goals are.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Yeah I should pack a dinner and eat it on the way to the gym perhaps....although its only fivw minutes down the road it wold save an hour or more of cooking, eating, digesting once im home

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neat thank you!

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