Need an energy boost? Skip the second cup of coffee and get moving!
You surely underestimate it but you can use an easy energy boost during the day. But instead of downing another cup of coffee, it might be best to get moving. Think it’s not possible that moving more can do anything but tire you out even more? Researchers say the exact opposite.
By being physically active, instead of sitting and resting, you can reduce feelings of fatigue by nearly half. You may feel a bit tired after physical activity, but in a good way! Overall, regular exercise, or simply moving your body, gives you more energy throughout the day, helps you feel focused, and able to complete tasks more efficiently.
A marked improvement in mood
Another important benefit is that physical activity boosts mood. Exercise helps your body produce more endorphins, the chemicals in your brain that help you feel good. Although this feature is often referred to as the runner’s “second wind”, other types of physical activity besides running can also give you this feeling. Physical activity can also improve your sleep, another benefit that will give you more energy during the day.
Ready to feel more energetic? Start with these tips
Get into the daily habit of moving more. If you are not currently active, start gradually by going around the block.
If you already have an exercise program, think of ways to make it a little more challenging. Just taking a short jog or bike ride at low to moderate intensity can affect your feeling and performance.
At work, set an alarm to remind you to get up from your desk every hour and touch your toes, stretch your arms, legs and back. Walk in place for a minute. Take care to take short breaks when you can get out, or walk up and down a few floors in the stairwell, even if you only have a few minutes. Small, consistent efforts like these will help you feel rejuvenated and focused.
Remember these tips when you find yourself sitting too much throughout the day or are tempted to skip a workout. Exercise doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Just start moving more and you will instantly feel the benefits, physically and mentally!