Why is diet and sleep important in Pilates?
So, you have been doing Pilates for a few months, and your body feels more lean and toned, but you are not losing any fat? You are probably forgetting the 2 most important components of a healthy life style and a fit body.
Humans need an average of 6 – 8 hours sleep a night for their bodies to rest and restore themselves. When we do not get enough sleep, our bodies become imbalanced and all the good work we do when we workout, can be hindered by these imbalances. In this day and age, we are so busy that work, family and life mean we are using more hours during the day for tasks and commitments, so we sacrifice our sleep. If this is you, then start to get more sleep by changing your routine one step at a time. Some tips include turning off all electronic devices 30 minutes before you go to bed, having a non caffeinated herbal tea in a dimly lit room and keeping a note pad and pen beside the bed to write down any thoughts you have or tasks you think of when trying to go to sleep.
What you eat accounts for up to 80% of weight loss and weight management. You can exercise 20 hours a week (which we do not advise) and not have anything to show for it if your diet is crap! We recommend a balance diet containing lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and nuts. Try to limit your red meat to 2 times a week and cut out sugary sweets and highly processed foods.