Most people needing a hit of energy will instinctively reach for a cup of coffee, a chocolate bar, or worst of all, a sugar-laden energy drink. There is however, a healthier and far more effective solution to getting you that energy you crave – exercise! Studies have shown that people who partake in regular exercise are less tired and that after exercise, people in general feel less lethargic.
How does exercise give you energy?
It does sound strange that exercise, which burns energy, can help to combat fatigue, but it really does! Exercise gives you more energy by improving your blood flow and therefore carrying more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. In addition, having a healthy active lifestyle can cut the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and even some cancers. It can also help you keep your weight in check, reduce stress levels and lead to a better night’s sleep.
How can you fight fatigue with exercise?
Experts say you should try to get 150 minutes of physical exercise each week. If you hate going to the gym then why not break it down into 10 minute chunks that fit into your lifestyle? Short brisk walks, bike rides and even housework are all great forms of exercise! If you haven't been active for a while, make an appointment with your GP and start increasing your activity slowly and under the guidance and instruction of your doctor.
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