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Keys for Your ZZZ's.

I’m a stomach sleeper, but when my dog, Snoop, takes over the bed it becomes more of a “pretzel” position.

Whenever I hit the pillow, the back of my eyelids and tomorrow’s breakfast are the only thing I’m thinking of. However, a recent study by Stony Brook University has me rethinking the way I get my ZZZ’s.

Most of us know that sleep problems can lead to weight gain or weight loss, fatigue, clumsiness, and sleepiness. What I personally did not know was that sleep problems are also linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined the health benefits of each position (side sleeper, stomach sleeper, and back sleeper- cover stealers need not apply). Well folks, the results are in:

1. Side Sleepers- good for you guys! This position helps the body eliminate toxins and proteins that have built up in the brain throughout the day.

2. Back Sleepers- although this position distributes weight evenly and helps align the neck and spine, it will not flush any of the bad guys out.

3. Stomach Sleepers- while there is technically nothing wrong with sleeping like this if you have no health problems, there are also no benefits.

So GRITfitFAM, it may be time to flip over to my side and invest in a king bed- come on, you didn’t think I could actually say no to my dog, did you?

For more info about this study and original photo, check out the original article from TODAY.com.
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Beginner's Guide to HIIT
By Erin O'Brien and Cody Cooper

Reading about fitness can toss you around more than a medicine ball at boot camp. New trends and research pop up left and right and keeping up can be more exhausting than the exercises themselves. Some trends fade, others loose appeal due to lack of results, but there is one that scientists, experts, and fitness enthusiasts can all agree on: HIIT. For those that don’t know, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It combines short bursts of activity performed at a maximum level, followed by periods of less intense activity, or even a complete rest. So what is is it that makes HIIT so popular?

Let’s jump to it:

Don’t Care How, I Want it Now

It is no surprise that we as a society want things fast. From free two-day shipping on Amazon, to mobile orders at Starbucks, we want our things and we want them now. So why would that be any different for a workout? HIIT torches maximum fat in a minimal amount of time. Even just 20 minutes of HIIT can have the same, if not better, results than an hour of jogging on the treadmill.

The Beauty of the Afterburn

Because you are pushing your body to its limits in a HIIT workout, it needs to double down when it comes to repairing it. This phenomenon, known as post workout oxidation, requires the cells to use more energy to rebuild the muscles. That means that even long after you’ve thrown in the towel, your body is still melting away fat and burning calories- up to 24–36 hours after. Melting away fat and buring calories while we catch up on Netflix?! Sign us up!

What’s longer, a microwave minute or a treadmill minute?

Working out shouldn’t be monotonous and boring- it should be fun! Performing a HIIT workout will keep you on your toes and engaged the whole time. HIIT activities, such as kickboxing or attending a boot camp, have become widely popular. They allow you to work out with friends in a fast paced environment with plenty of diversity. Makes that old cardio routine sound pretty lame, huh?

GRIT BOX Fitness — Your High Intensity Fitness Studio

So how can we help you? GRITfit Bootcamp and Kickboxing classes at GRIT BOX Fitness are HIIT workouts taught by awesome coaches who want to help you kick the shit out of your goals! The killer workouts are aided by sick beats, from today’s hip hop hits to classic remixes. Just one class burns 800–1000 calories.
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