Increase your energy, lose weight, look and feel great!
There’s no question that along with eating a healthy diet, exercise will boost your energy, both immediately and in the long run, making it easier to do everything from commuting to cleaning out the garage to running 5Ks. It helps increase your strength and endurance, helps you look and feel great, eliminates stress, fights depression and fatigue, invigorates your brain, and helps you lose weight, which alone will give you more energy.
And it just makes you feel good. Exercise releases endorphins, your body’s natural happy pill. The more endorphins you have coursing through your veins, the better you’ll feel.
Moderate and constant wins the energy race
That image you have in your head of being chained to the treadmill, drenched in sweat, pounding away for hours, just to reap these benefits, toss it out. Prolonged, strenuous exercise alone causes fatigue in most people.
What gets you to the finish line in your daily life is regular, moderate exercise. A brisk walk, a bike ride, an aerobics class can do the job—anything that gets your heart rate and breathing up.
Haven’t you arrived yet? Low-intensity activities also work. One study showed that regular, low-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, helped inactive adults suffering from fatigue increase their energy by 20 percent and decrease tiredness by 65 percent.
If you have the choice not to move and move, move!
The experts are pretty clear on this point: Get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three to five days a week to improve energy and help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. But if you can’t reach that goal for whatever reason, do something.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is having an all-or-nothing mentality. If you can only realistically commit to exercising three days a week, remember that three is better than zero! Even if you can spend just 10 or 20 minutes exercising, you’ll always feel better afterward.
Catch some Zzzzz!
To lose weight and feel good, it is essential to sleep well. While quality sleep helps repair and recharge our bodies and minds, chronic sleep deprivation leads to persistent fatigue. And many of us don’t have the seven to nine hours of night that we need. When we’re tired, our bodies crave carbohydrate-rich foods like sugary snacks. Sweets mean more calories, not to mention the sugar crash we know is coming. Also, when we are sleep deprived, our bodies retain calories and fat. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, when we’re tired, we’re less likely to exercise.
But you can turn that downward spiral around and create a positive routine instead. Sleep well and regularly and you’ll have more energy for each part of your day. You will have more energy to exercise and be active. You will be more prepared to face stress. And you will look and feel great!
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