Exercise for Energy
When you’re trying to get more energy exercise might be the last thing on your mind. It seems counterintuitive that using energy to workout will give you more energy, but studies have repeatedly shown that exercise is a great way to reduce fatigue and improve one’s mood. If you’re hoping to have more energy and feel better this Spring, try adding a exercise routine to your days.
You may have heard the phrase, ‘You can’t out perform a bad diet.’ And while it’s counter to the common advice, working out is not the best way to lose weight. But there are a lot of other reasons to exercise beyond weight loss. Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and can add active, healthy years to your life. Exercise can reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol to name a few. However, it can be hard to wait for those long-term benefits. So in the short-term, exercise releases those feel-good neurotransmitters, like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These help boost your mood and give you more energy almost immediately after your workout, which is a good way to reinforce those good behaviors.
How much is enough?
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, as well as two strength training sessions a week. Your exercise doesn’t have to be done in long sessions, finding just a few ten minutes breaks a day is all you need to help reduce your risk of adverse health outcomes, and boost your energy.
Stay safe in warm weather
As the weather continues to warm up, make sure you stay safe while exercising. Keep an eye on the weather to be aware of any sudden summer storms that may move in quickly, or any heat advisories. Plan ahead to stay hydrated, make sure you’ll have access to water before, during, and after exercising in hot weather. The spring and summer are great times to take advantage of the longer days and the nice weather; so add in some exercise and take advantage of the energy boost to power through the longer days.
What will you do with your extra energy?
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Sweet Life Wellness Student Intern
Dietetics student at University of Maryland-College Park
- Kohn J (2015) Exercise Safely in Hot Weather. In: www.eatright.org. http://www.eatright.org/resource/fitness/sports-and-performance/hydrate-right/exercise-safely-in-hot-weather. Accessed 17 May 2017
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2008) Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. In: Health.gov. https://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/.
- University of Georgia (2006) Regular Exercise Plays a Consistent and Significant Role in Reducing Fatigue.