4 Reasons Why Exercise Increases Energy
According to The New York Times “fatigue is one of the most common health symptoms and can be a sign of a variety of medical problems. However, about one in four people suffer from general fatigue not associated with a serious medical condition.”
To counter that fatigue as a society we turn to a cup of coffee or look for the next big energy drink to give us that extra boost of energy to make it through the day. Studies are questioning if too much caffeine is harmful to our bodies and if the chemicals in these energy drinks are doing more harm than good.
So why not turn to a solution that will give you more than just the boost of energy you’re looking for? An option that gives you more benefits than one drink ever will. How about you grab your tennis shoes, lace them up and do a bit of exercise instead?
Studies have shown daily exercise increases energy levels and decreases fatigue. Most of us may already know this, but may not understand why or how. Below explains how exercising will increase your energy level and not make you more tired.
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- You increase your blood flow when you workout, which helps transport more oxygen throughout your body. The more oxygen that is pumped throughout your body the more energy you develop.
- Exercising also teaches your body to recruit and use more muscle fibers making it easier to execute physical tasks allowing you to use less energy.
- You lose a lot of energy when you are sick, so building a strong immune system through exercise allows your body to head off any illnesses or at least decrease the magnitude and duration of them.
- As you exercise your body starts to release endorphins into your body and these endorphins give you that “feel great” sensation. The better you feel the more energy you have and the more energy you have the more you can accomplish!
The evidence and studies are powerful. A daily exercise program decreases fatigue, increases energy and put you in a better mood. So the next time you need that energy boost grab yourself a brisk walk instead of that cup of coffee or energy drink. Your body will thank you later.
Take this two week challenge. If you have a habit of drinking coffee or energy drinks, for one week when you feel you need a boost of energy go for a quick walk around the company building, down the street, up and down flights of stairs, or any other exercise option in place of the caffeinated drinks. Do this for two weeks and let us know how you feel.