It might sound counter-intuitive, but exercise can actually give you more energy and less fatigue in the long run.
“If you aren’t moving around, your body doesn’t need to use many resources to create energy, so energy production is low and you feel tired, fatigued, and unmotivated,” Roger Adams, Ph.D. and fitness expert said in an interview with The Cheat Sheet.
“Once you start moving around, especially doing an extended period of exercise for 15 minutes or more, your body revs up its energy production to meet this increased demand.”
Viola, more energy for your exercise and beyond. With that in mind, here are the top exercises you should be doing if you’re craving an energy kick.
If you’ve ever experienced “runner’s high,” you know the incredible energy-boosting benefits of this exercise.
The feeling comes from your body’s release of a group of hormones called endorphins, which are known to cause a sense of euphoria. Fatigue
Running also helps increase energy by moving blood and oxygen throughout the body.
Not an avid runner? No biggie. The best way to start is just that: start! “Work into it slowly and opt for softer surfaces like trails, tracks, treadmills, or grass instead of pavement and cement, as the latter two can be tough on your knees, ankles, and shins,” Chris Ryan, C.S.C.S., a physical trainer, and founder of Chris Ryan Fitness, told us.
“Also, don’t just think longer is always better — it’s more important to up your heart rate than go slow without breathing heavy.”
2. Low-to-moderate intensity walking
When you’re sluggish and tired, you might feel like you have to muster up the energy to head outside for a walk or hop on a treadmill, but even 10 to 15 minutes of moving can increase your body’s energy drastically.