What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
First of all, let me give you another reason for exercising – it helps stabilise your circadian rhythm. Our internal clocks are easily disrupted. Things like seeing too much artificial light at night or not enough light in the mornings can leave our bodies a bit confused. And, it gets worse as we get older. But it’s not just sleep. Our body clock also releases proteins that dictate the cycles of the heart, kidneys, brain, and other body systems. So when that clock gets out of sync it can cause some serious health problems- namely a higher risk of diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, memory loss, mood swings and depression -eek! I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling tired, irritable, and sleepy. And I’d certainly like to avoid those other things.
Happily there’s something we can do – exercise! It turns out that exercise increases the production of the proteins that help regulate the internal clock. It makes the system sturdier.
Do you like to exercise in the afternoon or the evening? Well, it turns out there might be some serious advantages to choosing the afternoon, especially for poor sleepers. Scientists aren’t sure why, but it seems that exercising in the afternoon produces even more of the body clock proteins than exercising in the morning. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, why not try a gym session after work? Pretty soon, you’ll be sleeping like a baby… or maybe a cat:
Oh and for those of you (like me) still working on resetting food routines after the holidays, here’s a great post on your body’s food clock.