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Beyond the Gym: Stress Management, Sleep, and Your Fitness Success Over 30

April 10, 2024

Written By Josh

Josh is a trainer at LIFT inner west

We all know exercise is good for us, but did you know how much other factors outside the gym can sabotage your workouts? As we navigate jobs, relationships, and life’s curveballs in our 30s, stress and sleep patterns can be major players in reaching our fitness potential.

Chronic stress floods your body with the hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, muscle breakdown, and overall workout sabotage. Finding healthy ways to manage stress is crucial. Consider activities like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or even just spending time in nature.

When it comes to sleep, think of it as your body’s recovery mode. Sleep is when your muscles repair, your hormones regulate, and your energy levels recharge. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, minimize screen time before bed, and keep your bedroom cool and dark.

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