Trying to fight that tired feeling? Before you reach for that cup of coffee or any other caffeinated beverage try going for a jog.
Recent studies have shown that exercise may be a better cure for reducing fatigue in the long run than relying on stimulants and other fatigue fighting substances. And when you stop to think about it, this makes perfect sense.
Exercise provides many benefits to your health including a few that relate directly to reducing fatigue and increased energy.
These energy increasing benefits include:
More Efficient Blood Flow
Exercise leads to increased efficiency in heart function and blood flow. This allows oxygen and nutrients to be delivered throughout the body more efficiently ensuring that your body has the fuel it needs to function properly.
Increased Strength and Stamina
Exercise strengthens your muscles and causes your entire body to function more efficiently. This results in a reduction of perceived exertion allowing you to perform daily tasks more effectively without feeling tired.
Exercise has also been shown to increase sleep quality and may have a positive effect on those who suffer from sleep insomnia. A good nights sleep can go a long way in helping you feel energized throughout the day.
Increased Endorphin Levels
Exercise causes these natural hormones to be released giving us an overall sense of well-being and energy. This natural high may be just what you need to start out your day more energized and ready for the day’s tasks.
Increased Mental Focus
Exercise can also improve mental sharpness and focus. Both of these will allow you to make decisions with ease permitting you to act on the things you do with more confidence and in turn conserve energy.
This is not an exhaustive list of the ways exercise can help you increase energy by any means but these alone should give you the incentive to make exercise a priority in your life.
Energy Boosting Activities
In order to reap the energy enhancing benefits of exercise it is important to focus on areas of exercise that increase energy levels. This takes us back to the three fundamental aspect of fitness: strength, endurance and flexibility. Each of these forms of exercise is connected to the energy increasing benefits listed above.
Because strength, endurance and flexibility are so important to increasing energy levels, it is important to follow an exercise program that incorporates each of these aspects of fitness.
Now that you know the importance of energy in increasing energy levels, find a form of exercise that interests you. Make sure that your program incorporates the three aspects of fitness as well as balanced nutrition in order to target the various energy increasing benefits listed above.
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