We all experience fatigue, and sometimes an overwhelming sense of lethargy can hit us at really inconvenient times: while at work, in the middle of a class, or during a project at home. Exercise can stave off this fatigue. Regular exercise provides numerous health benefits, and raising energy levels is among those benefits.
It seems kind of counter-intuitive to say that exercise, a way of expending energy, can actually help boost your energy levels, right? In this aspect, exercise leads to sleep improvement, and a more quality sleep leaves one feeling more refreshed.
Exercise Gives You Energy
Exercise, however, gives a needed boost to your fitness level and mood, contributing to your body’s ability to become and stay energized. Physical exercise helps to enhance blood flow, increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are carried to muscle tissue. The muscle tissue’s ability to produce energy improves.
Exercise increases endorphin levels. Endorphins are hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system that give us a “rush” of sorts, contributing to a boost in energy. The improvement in heart health that accompanies a regular exercise routine also contributes to the improvement in energy levels, as better heart healthy contributes to greater daily endurance.
When choosing exercises to raise energy levels, it is important to choose those exercises that raise your heart rate and blood flow. However, it is equally as important to choose something that you actually enjoy doing. If you aren’t having fun with it, you’re less likely to keep it up on a regular basis, and there’s no benefit in that.
Healthy adults should engage in roughly 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise every week (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), but 10 minutes of heart rate increasing activity is better than nothing at all.
If you feel pretty regular fatigue that is not related to another medical condition, consider the following forms of exercise to prevent or come out of a state of fatigue:
- Brisk walking
- Cycling: for fun, or make it useful as well, and cycle to complete your close-to-home errands
- Stationary biking/elliptical/stair climber
- Aerobics classes: like kickboxing
- Hopping: it sounds silly, but jump roping is one of the best quick and sure-fire ways to raise your heart rate and fight fatigue. If you don’t have a rope handy, or it would be inconvenient to use one, hopping in place roughly 35 times is just as good!
- Dancing: don’t be afraid to rock out to some music! Free-form dancing is a fun and carefree way to get your heart pumping, and it’s so fun that it doesn’t even feel like exercise!