The clock strikes 2 and you're about ready to paperclip your eyelids to your brows just to stay awake at your office desk. It's the dreaded afternoon nap sensation that we battle with every day as we pop open a bottle of coke, fetch a cup of coffee, or grab a tasty treat. You don't have to rely on sugar and caffeine to get you through the day, though. Instead of taking calorie dense, low-nutrient foods into your system for a quick energy boost, opt for lifestyle changes that can keep you energized and healthy in the long-run.
Fatigue can affect all of us, whether you're a perfectly healthy individual or if you suffer from a chronic, debilitating condition. For most, a few lifestyle changes can significantly boost your energy levels and help you fight exhaustion during your daily activities.
Be good to your body, and your body will be good to you.
Fighting fatigue involves a few immediate actions coupled with a few long-term lifestyle changes. Take the following tips into consideration:
- See your doctor. This is an immediate action you can take to rule out any underlying problems as chronic fatigue may result from certain conditions.
- Reduce stress. Take note of all the stressors in your life and work toward reducing them as an immediate action. Stress can affect you in various ways, and learning how to cope with it will make all the difference.
- Restful Sleep. Restful sleep of at least seven to eight hours allows your joints, muscles, and body to rest so you feel lighter and refreshed. Avoid things like caffeine, late-night TV, and alcohol to help you fall into a more relaxed, deep sleep.
- Reduce stress. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. It's not always easy to rid yourself of it, and if that's the case, learn how to manage it with relaxing physical and mental exercises.
- Eat a balanced diet. Maintaining an ideal body weight should be a priority for everyone to prevent pain on weight-bearing joints and to reduce the risk of chronic conditions. Also, a nutritious diet will help keep you energized. This lifestyle change requires dedication and determination.
- Exercise. It may seem counterintuitive that in order to boost your energy, you should first expend energy. But, incorporating low to high-intensity exercise into your daily routine will help you in the long-run.
Stimulate Your Mind and Body
There are plenty of studies and research out there that claim exercise increases energy levels. In an article by Psychological Bulletin, researchers reviewed data from 70 studies on exercise and fatigue. In total, the habits of 6,800 test subjects were analyzed.
"More than 90% of the studies showed the same thing: sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to groups that did not exercise," said Patrick O'Conner, PhD, co-director of the University of Georgia Exercise Psychology Laboratory.
Exercise helps you step into balance. Everything falls into place with a health routine, whether you suffer from a chronic, disabling condition or not. The benefits include:
- Increase in endorphin levels
- Better heart health
- Improved sleep
- Sharper focus
- Improved flexibility and joint-pain management
Let's Get Started
Let us get you started on a path of full-body awareness and health to keep you energized and stimulated throughout the day. Our physical therapists incorporate low to moderate exercise practices like yoga, tai-chi, and qi-gong to help achieve the desired benefits. Fight fatigue and start living a healthier lifestyle with Innovative Therapy, P.C.