Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. … Here are some health benefits researchers have discovered about a good night’s sleep.

Better memory
Longer life
Sharper attention span
Weight control
Lower risk of injury
Better overall mood

Don’t get me wrong, jogging and power walking are great forms of exercise but if you’re seriously trying to build lean muscle and burn body fat explosive bursts are key!

Of course anything in moderation will not kill you but it is wise to avoid these foods whenever possible.

Bacon
very high sodium and high saturated fat

Soda
high sugar, dissolves tooth enamel, can cause heart disease, and obesity

Artificial Sweeteners
causes hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain

Shelf-stable Condiments
Packed with preservatives, stabilizers, trans fats, salt, and various chemicals to keep them stable

Processed Meat
most processed meats have sodium nitrite which can cause cancer

Microwave Popcorn
can have extremely high sodium, can cause lung disease and various cancers

Bagels
very high calorie per bagel. About 350 on average

stick butter
high saturated fat and can increases your risk of cardiovascular disease

Dairy
hormones and steroids used to produce dairy products are not healthy for human consumption

Anything Deep Fried
fried foods are linked to stroke and an increased risk of many cancers

It’s been clinically proven that exercise relieves stress but why is that so? When we exercise the brain produces endorphins. Endorphins are biochemical substances made by the body that reduce pain and bring about a feeling of euphoria and well-being. So when we exercise, we naturally start to feel better because of the release of endorphins. That’s why it’s so hard not to feel great after a good workout! Along with the endorphine release that exercise provides, exercise is great for depression because it improves self body image.

Exercise is necessary for mental fitness and it can be an extremely effective stress reliever. Studies show that regular exercise can improve your alertness and energy level especially when the lack of energy is from stress.

Stress can causes a lack of sleep which exercise also combats. The fatigue from exercise causes us to have deeper and more for filling sleep. Thus improving energy level and reducing stress. So next time you’re stressed out, hit the gym and exercise the stress away!