A: "Sometimes I have to choose between exercise and sleep. Which one does my body more good?"
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A: Exercise physiologist and director of Outfit Health+Fitness, Michael Hennessy responds:
“Exercise is where you’ll gain the most benefits, since it helps improve the quality and duration of your ‘deep sleep’, when the body repairs itself. So by exercising, you’ll actually improve your sleep. Of course, sleep is still very important, as insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and medical conditions, not to mention reducing our abilities to cope with stress. Try building several 10–15 minute bouts of exercise into each day, such as a walk at lunchtime or after dinner, instead of watching TV, and you won’t need to sacrifice too much sleep.”