WEBMD.com: Can You Play ‘Catch-Up’ With Sleep, Exercise and Be Healthy?
By Space Coast Daily // January 11, 2017
you can still reap health benefits if you catch up
Sure, it’s great to get to the gym every day, but sometimes a daily workout has to go if you’ve been up all night with a sick child or you’ve got a pressing project that needs attention at work. Ditto for the idea of packing a healthy lunch and getting plenty of shut-eye.
But don’t give up. Science shows that even if you’ve been less than perfect, you can still reap big health benefits if you catch up.
Didn’t exercise enough last week? Being a weekend warrior has almost as many benefits as Monday-through-Friday workouts. Didn’t get enough shut-eye? Extra ZZZs for a couple of nights can help undo some of the physical harms of cheating your sleep. Ate too much? Studies show that you can make up for overindulging — and even lose some weight — by just being a part-time calorie counter. In fact, experts say, embracing imperfection can help you reach your health goals.
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