What's better – an hour of exercise or an hour of sleep?

What's better – an hour of exercise or an hour of sleep?

Those with cramped schedules may often wonder: What's better – an hour of exercise or an hour of sleep?

The answer is actually a bit of a non-answer. When weighing sleep vs. exercise, it is not one or the other that is better, but both.

Let us explain:

The benefits of exercise include improved mood, increased energy, weight control, disease prevention and more. The full extent of these benefits can only be reaped, however, if you're well rested and reaching your full potential during workouts.

The health benefits of sleep include the healing of daily bodily stresses, increased alertness, improved memory and more. Getting high-quality rest, though, is tied to being active during the day.

Without ample sleep, you may be unmotivated to exercise or have lackluster workouts; without ample exercise, your quality of sleep may suffer.

Thus, when it comes to choosing between sleep and exercise, there's no one "winner" – our bodies need both to function at their best.

Rather than choosing between sleep and exercise, try to make both a priority in your daily schedule.

Some suggestions for fitting both sleep and exercise into your busy days:

  • Ride your bike to work instead of driving
  • Work out over your lunch break
  • Cut out an hour of television in the evening to fit in a workout
  • Hit the hay earlier in the evening, and wake up earlier to exercise before work


Posted: 8/11/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: exercise, health, sleep

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