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Lifting Weights Is Proven To Give You A Better Nights Sleep

Struggling to sleep? Here is a solution, but you might not want to hear it. 

A new preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference, says resistance training (that means lifting weights), may beat an aerobic exercise when it comes to getting yourself a good nights sleep.

"It's well established in the science and evidence base that aerobic exercise is good for sleep," said study author Angelique Brellenthin, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Kinesiology is the study of human movement.

"In our study, we found that resistance exercise appeared to go above and beyond aerobics or even a combined aerobic and resistance routine on several different sleep outcomes," she said.

If your exercises are more cardio-based, don't stress, you'll still be able to sleep. Aerobics type exercise added about 23 minutes of sleep each night, while those who did both aerobics and resistance gained an average of 17 minutes a night.

Resistance training isn't just weights. It can include elastic resistance bands, bodyweight lunges, squats, push-ups etc. Basically, anything that adds strength by stressing the muscle fibre, forcing the body to build it back up.

Overall, any exercise is better than no exercise. So don't lose sleep worrying if you are doing the right kind of exercise.