Are you sleeping well at night? If you aren't, you are not alone! Did you know that 30-40% of people struggle to get a quality night sleep on a regular basis?
There are many factors that can lead to sleepless nights including stress, work demands, and big life events like a wedding, buying a house, or having a baby. Sometimes underlying health issues can also impact one's ability to get a good night sleep.
Sleep is critically important to our health, so identifying ways that you can improve your sleep is worth while.
Not getting enough sleep can effect your mood and weight. It can also have a powerful impact on your hormone levels and blood pressure, and can even impact the way that your body feels and moves.
The need for sleep varies from person to person, but studies show that people who regularly sleep more than 7 hours per night are generally healthier. On the flip slide, people who get less than 7 hours of sleep tend to experience health problems including an impaired immune system, and an increased risk of heart disease, depression, obesity, and even certain types of cancer. Researchers are still investigating the links between sleep and disease, but if you're anything like me I'd rather work on improving the quality of my shut eye than risk disease.
My ability to get a good night sleep ebbs and flows depending upon all kinds of things that might be going on in my life. For me I find that creating a nighttime ritual that helps me wind down will help me fall asleep and stay asleep.
I like to listen to some music, which also helps to reduce evening screen time. I'll curl up with a nice, warm, soothing beverage, (read on for one of my favorite night time beverages) a book and the dog and start to get into the mindset of getting a good night sleep. For me this works, but it's important that you find what works best for you.
There are a few factors that can have a big influence on how well you're sleeping including the position you're sleeping in, use of drugs or alcohol, timing of meals & water before bed, level of activity during the day, your nighttime screen time, the temperature and darkness of your bedroom, and more.
Getting a good night's sleep can help you wake up feeling rested and energized with less aches and pains, improve your immune system, decrease your risks of disease, improve your complexion, decrease cravings by controlling hunger hormones, improve your memory, and make you happier! Who doesn't want that?
The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to help improve the odds of getting a great night of sleep EVERY night, and that's why we created this "Supercharge your Sleep" resource guide.
The guide contains simple lifestyle changes you can make to get more sleep – and improve the quality of the sleep you do get.
Get your copy of this incredible resource by clicking below.
Take some time to experiment with different approaches to find what works best for you. Give this delicious recipe a try too. I hope you LOVE it as much as I do!
I hope you enjoy these resources and find them helpful in improving your quality of sleep! Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who could benefit from a better night's sleep. We always appreciate it when you share our resources and posts with the people who you care about.
During both of these days out I couldn't help but be blown away by how my training has benefited my riding. Keep in mind that I opened Wilcox Wellness & Fitness because I wanted to make an impact in my community. I had known Mike & Paige Wilcox for many years and was impressed by what they had created in Bangor, and I wanted to share it with my community in Brunswick. I've never been a gym goer. My past experiences at a gym included a clip board and a monotonous routine that I quickly became bored with. My lack of regular strength & conditioning training started to become more evident as I "got older". I noticed that I would injure myself more easily, which landed me in physical therapy on a couple of occasions, but even more so my overall strength & mobility was suffering.
During my day in New Hampshire I noticed how much stronger I felt as I literally shredded the mountain. We only had 2 hours so we wanted to maximize our time and we rallied to get in as many runs as we could. As I carved the edges of my board into the soft snow I noticed how my ab engagement would support the most gracious carves through the snow. I was able to lean into my turns with power and control. When on my heal side edge I could sit into a squat position without the quad burn of years past and power into my turns in the opposite direction. I felt AMAZING! I had never felt so strong in all of the years that I've been snowboarding.
Within two runs I had it figured out. When navigating through tracked powder each turn can be unpredictable. The snow gets piled up into soft moguls by the skiers and riders who had been down the hill in front of me. In the past these kind of conditions would have felt intimidating. I would have to work hard to maintain control, moving my board nearly 180 degrees from side to side to maintain a checked speed. I would use my legs to power my board from side to side.
But this time was entirely different!
I realized that my thoracic mobility was markedly improved.
I could comfortably look up hill behind me, yet the clothes I wore were exactly the same.
The strength through my core and obliques were working for me.
I was able to use this strength to almost effortlessly move the board from side to side.
This gave me the confidence to go much faster, knowing that I could easily correct my trajectory if the line I had picked was different than I had imagined and I would need to change course without warning. My legs also feel stronger, so as I surfed over the unpredictable moguls choosing to carve in between some, bank off of others, and ride up and over...maybe even catching a little air.
I love the feeling of recognizing the benefits of my commitment to my training sessions.
Remember, before making this big decision to open my location of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness I didn't visit a gym regularly. Although I have spent a great deal of time in preparing for the opening of this business studying and learning about nutrition, exercise science, and the skills of being a great coach I wasn't super fit. I'm on this journey right along side the people within the WILCOX community who have also made themselves a priority and take the time each week to invest in their health & fitness.
When I feel the impact of my training I get so excited. Not only because I'm able to live my very best life because of the time I take to be healthy, but because it provides me with so much perspective around what each client is experiencing.
Everyone is on their own journey, finding their own path to their commitment to wellness, and learning and growing at their own pace....but I know that with each day that they spend in the gym, each opportunity they take to step outside of their comfort zone and try a new movement, each time they commit to the movement, they are contributing to some greatness outside of the gym. I love hearing the stories that clients share with me about where they feel the benefits of their training program. Whether it be doing household chores, playing with their kids, or embarking on a new adventure of some kind or another the benefits of their commitment to their health & fitness is seen.
I love what I do. I love impacting people's lives in a positive way. I love that I have the opportunity to share this experience and provide people with the tools that will allow them to feel absolutely amazing in what ever it is that they love doing.
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These kind of successes that our clients experience is exactly why we do what we do as trainers. To impact people’s lives in ways that allow them to live their very best life. We couldn’t be more proud of what Ellen has accomplished over these past 10 months!
Great work Ellen! Please join me in giving Ellen a HUGE HIGH FIVE!
Better Posture = A Healthier Body!
Having a strong body starts with a strong core, and our core and posture have a co-dependent relationship. Restore your core and become stronger from the inside out!
Because posture is so critically important to living your best possible life we created this guide, which will show you how to improve your posture, protect your back and neck, and gain core strength in and outside your training sessions.
Download your free copy of our Restore Your Core resource guide and start improving your posture and core strength TODAY!
I know that with every person I meet and strive to impact in a positive way that they are most definitely making a positive impact in my life. Through the stories that they share, the wisdom that they pass on, and the contribution that they make to everything that we stand for as a business - making the world a better place by helping people live their very best lives. For that, I cannot thank you enough.
We would love to welcome YOU into our community!
Our next KickStart Program starts on Saturday, February 8th!
We promise that we will meet you where you are and support you every step of the way.
Come join us. We are excited to meet you!
Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.