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Avoid these sleep mistakes that cause weight gain

Rest and recover is an important part of staying fit and healthy, and this includes when you are wanting to trim down. But are you making some simple errors that could be adding to your waistline?  To make your workouts work for you, ensure you avoid these and you will be looking and feeling better for it.

1. Don’t get enough sleep. 

Sounds like common sense, but research shows that a lack of sleep leads to higher calorie intake, as it affects our hunger-related hormones. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Remember to turn off electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed to ensure you are winding down and falling asleep in a reasonable time frame.

2. Avoid the nighcap snack or drink. 
If you get in the habit of having a beer with dinner, or can’t resist a bowl of ice-cream before bed, you could be adding a whole lot of unnecessary calories to your week. 

3. Hit the snooze instead of hitting the treadmill. 
If you don’t have much time to exercise, mornings are an ideal time. Get the workout done and dusted for the day, so you don’t have to think about it again. And it gets the heart pumping so you feel energized and ready to get on with the day.

Do you have some simple tips to help improve your active lifestyle? Comment below to let us know!

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