Naomie Harris has shared her cardinal fitness rule for keeping fit and it's a lot more straightforward than you might think.
Rising to fame with her roles in James Bond franchise films Skyfall, Spectre and the upcoming No Time to Die, Harris' strong body actually has more to do with how she recovers than how she trains.
While the star likes to exercise, she swims, does gyrotonics (a mixture of yoga, reformer pilates and tai chi) enjoys kick-boxing and circuit training, Harris' number one rule when it comes to fitness is really quite simple.
"Everyone focuses on 'do you exercise,'" Harris told Women's Health. "But, if you're only getting five hours sleep a night then it doesn't really matter and you're probably doing yourself a disservice. Sleeping is incredibly important – specifically good quality sleep."
According to the Sleep Council, 33 per cent of British people are getting only five to six hours kip per night, something that the impact of can really stack up over time.
Regularly missing out on good sleep has been shown to hamper the immune system, cause chaos with your gut and can even lead to weight gain, putting your body under more stress, and this stress can be exacerbated by exercise.
So next time you're thinking about what workouts you're going to do that week, look at your life more holistically: are you going to be able to get good quality sleep to make those workouts a body-benefit as opposed to a body-hindrance?
Whether that means you need to focus on perfecting your clean sleeping routine, hacking the reason why you find it so hard to drift off or nixing the foods and habits that keep you wide-awake, ensure you get a good night's sleep to get a maximum workout.
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