Rest is not merely abstaining from exercise, it's more than that, and a busy life often diminishes our time to sleep. Sleep is mandatory and we all should get at least seven-hours of sleep per night. Continuous sleep is preferred so your body may perform all its functions such as refreshing your brain, calming your heart and repairing torn and injured muscles.
I've learned to stop drinking water at least three-hours before I go to bed. Contrary to some beliefs our bodies can digest 8-10 ounces of "cold" water every 20 minutes. Waking from a sound sleep to use the bathroom isn't tremendously harmful, however it is disconnected your body from a needed function. If you are unable to sleep throughout the night this is possibly a sign of something else.
Just as you tune-up your vehicle, re-charge your cellular phone and take care of your pets, you must also take care of your body with this important step called "rest."
Flexibility is the most overlooked and forgotten aspect of general fitness. Flexibility is necessary for total body health. Blood circulation, equilibrium, functional range of motion and stress levels are all believed to be dependent on flexibility.
Vehicles with worn and stiff timing belts always render a car unusable because the belt breaks. Some items are good when stiff and unmovable, but your body isn't. A stiff body with inadequate movement due to lack of flexibility is prone to health issues. I hate seeing body builders who can't touch their navels or put their shoulders down. Those people who are unable to bend at the waist and touch their toes prove flexibility is often overlooked.
To increase your flexibility I recommend you get involved with Yoga. In prison, I was a part of Sidha Yoga Meditation for over four-years. I loved the poses/positions and often went to sleep during the meditation period. I'm just being honest. Anyway, I guess I was able to push flexibility and get rest at the same time.
I'm a firm believer in all ages participating in yoga classes or private yoga instruction with a video in private.
As I close this segment of getting into "beach-body" shape, I want to encourage you to get started. Don't procrastinate because waiting to get started only affects you. My hope is you will get started on the road to general fitness and you will stay at it. Nothing happens overnight, and if you do get started, tell your doctor on your next visit.
These plans are for educational use and not to be considered as the law of your body. You eventually will look like the best of "you." Good luck!