Exercise fights fatigue and boosts energy.
When you’re tired, all you can think about is sleep. So you decide to lie down for a nap, and when you wake up, you feel even worse!
It sounds counterintuitive to exercise when you’re tired, but that activity might just wake you right up.
Regular exercise can help increase endorphins (euphoria), improve your heart health, improve your focus, and even improve sleep.
Sounds like a win-win!Here are some ideas to help you get active:
- Start small. When you are craving a nap, lace up your sneaks and take a walk around the block instead. It doesn’t need to be miles and miles, just a short, brisk walk can make a big difference.
- Set aside some time each day to do something active. Maybe it’s when you first wake up, during your lunch break, or after dinner.
- Aerobic exercise is a popular choice when it comes to boosting energy. Hiking, speed walking, running, swimming, and biking are all good options.
Whatever exercise you choose, just make sure you enjoy it. The more you like it, the more likely you will stick to it! If you’re looking for some new ideas, check out our Transform in 5 Challenge here. It’s only 5 minutes a day!
Tip #6: Yoga and/or Meditation
Downward dog your way to more energy. A recent study from 2017 found that yoga and meditation helped improve brain function and energy levels.
Yoga (physical postures and breathing exercises), along with mindful meditation (observing thoughts and emotions with openness), were both found to release endorphins, increase blood flow to the brain, and reduce focus on negative thoughts.
Here’s how you get started with yoga and meditation:
- The study cited above references Hatha Yoga. This type of yoga is great for beginners as it’s all about the basics and is slower moving.
- If you want to get started with yoga right away, there are plenty of free tutorial videos on YouTube to help you jump in.
- With meditation, start small. Shoot for just two minutes a day.
Don’t worry too much in the beginning about all the details. Just start. Check out this blog for 20 tips to help you get started.
Tip #7: Get Some Sun (Vitamin D)