When Bed Guru contacted me to tell me about their brilliant #WorkHardSleepWell campaign I knew that I had to take part. The lovely people at Bed Guru are asking us to look into our fitness routine and they are also giving one lucky reader a fitness and sleep tracker! Regular readers of my blog will know that I have gone from couch potato to someone who rises at 5:30am to exercise. The reason for this? I am training for the Moonwalk marathon and the 48 mile island walk. All was going really well for about 10 weeks and then disaster struck. I started feeling really tired, I wasn’t sleeping well and it became a bit of a vicious cycle. I started going to bed even later and then struggling to get up for the early mornings.
Who are Bed Guru?
Bed Guru is an online bed retailer who are sleep specialists. They really understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and that no two people share the same sleep requirements. Bed Guru are passionate about ensuring that everyone gets a good night’s sleep. As a result Bed Guru have recently released their new sports mattress range To tie in with this they have also launched their #WorkHardSleepWell campaign.
The #WorkHardSleepWell campaign is such an important one. Bed Guru acknowledge that exercising is really important and that it has many benefits for us. I have found that not only had I been getting healthier and fitter before my setback but I also felt better mentally. However, I neglected something very important when I was exercising. I ignored the fact that I was feeling tired. I didn’t address that I wasn’t getting a good night’s sleep. I was trying to squeeze more and more miles in. I was running well over 40 miles a week and yet I wasn’t taking the time to let my body heal or repair properly. I wasn’t warming-up properly or taking the time to cool down. The result? I ended up with Achilles tendonitis. Looking back I realise that this was just waiting to happen and the only person I have to blame is me. This is why I wanted to take part in the #WorkHardSleepWell campaign. Bed Guru have asked me to share my tips for rest and repair after exercise. I have learnt the hard way, so you don’t have to!
5 tips for rest and repair after exercise #WorkHardSleepWell
- Take the time to warm-up. You should not rush this. We need to think of our bodies being like a car engine. If we don’t start the car gently then we risk flooding the car and doing some serious damage. This is the same for our bodies. We need to warm-up all of our muscles and joints. Spend at least a good 5 minutes stretching.
- Before we exercise we also need to make sure that we are properly hydrated. Exercising when we are dehydrated can be dangerous. We should also continue to drink water after we have exercised. Aim for at least 2 litres. Water aids our recovery.
- Sleep. As I mentioned earlier I think that lack of sleep was the downfall for me. It is really important that we aim for a good night’s sleep. We should be aiming for 7-8 hours a night. So if you get up early to exercise work out when you should ideally be going to bed. If you are struggling to sleep then it could be your mattress. Perhaps you don’t have the right mattress for you. Perhaps the new Bed Guru sport mattress would suit you better.
- Cool-down. Just as important as warming-up is taking the time to cool-down. You don’t want your body to seize up. If I have been running long distances then I will try to remain standing and moving for another 20 minutes. Make sure you do lots of active stretches too. You might also want to take a salt bath which are great for aiding muscle recovery.
- Rest days. It is really important that we take rest days. We need to give our bodies time to recover. On the week that I damaged my Achilles I didn’t take a rest. I over exercised and my poor feet bore the brunt of this. We might feel okay but we should respect our bodies and make sure that we give them some time to heal and repair. This is especially true if you are running. Running is high-impact and therefore can be hard on our joints. We need to look after our joints and take time to rest.
Misfit Flash Fitness & Sleep Monitor giveaway
Bed Guru are giving one lucky reader a Misfit Flash Fitness & Sleep Monitor. You can enter below. Please make sure that you read all the terms and conditions. This giveaway is only open to those who live in the UK. This giveaway will be open for two weeks only. Once the winner is picked at random the lovely people at Bed Guru will post the prize directly to them. Good luck!
Competition terms and conditions:
1. There is one Misfit Flash Fitness & Sleep Monitor available for one winner.
2. This prize draw will be drawn at random, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over residing in the UK.
3. Up to 6 entries per person. All are compulsory methods of entry.
4. https://islandliving365.com/ retains the right to change the competition if necessary.
5. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
6. If the winners do not contact me within one week, I will redraw another winner at random.
7. Entries must be received by 11.59pm on 2nd May 2017.
8. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on or after 3rd May 2017.
This competition is listed on the http://loquax.com website
Disclosure – please note that this was a collaborative post with Bed Guru. However, as always all words are my own.