We all know that exercise is beneficial in many ways and is an important component of overall health and wellness. However, for many of us, exercising consistently is difficult to do. Many people who have not developed a good habit of exercising, find it to be both time consuming and energy draining. Unfortunately, exercise does take time out of your day and there is no easy way around that. However, I will argue that once you become consistent in an exercise routine, it will no longer feel as if it is draining your energy. In fact, it may seem counter-intuitive, but exercising can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day!
There is plenty of research supporting the idea that exercising actually increases energy levels. Sedentary people who begin a regular regimen of exercise, have been shown in multiple studies to have improved energy levels and decreased overall fatigue compared to another group who did not exercise. Even with the abundant research supporting exercise as an important part of overall health, many people still believe that it is going to drain energy and make them feel even more tired. For those of you who do not have a regular exercise routine, here is a challenge for you!
The first step is to choose a mode of exercise that interests you. I always say that the best exercise program is the one you are going to do. What type of exercise would you like to be performing? If you absolutely hate swimming, then starting a routine of swimming each morning is probably not the best idea. Perhaps you start a routine of yoga or cycling instead. The best type of exercise for you is the one you enjoy doing. Choose an activity that sounds interesting to you such as swimming, running, cycling, elliptical, weight-lifting, yoga, Zumba, Barre, or even just walking.
Make a plan to exercise 3-5 days of each week for an entire month. Keep a journal or log of how you feel before exercising, what exercise you performed, and how you feel after. This is the most important part! Continue writing down how you feel after each time you exercise for the entire month. If you are able to stay consistent and exercise at least three times per week, I believe you will notice an overall improved energy level by the end of the month. Hopefully by the end of 30 days, you will have developed a solid, consistent routine of exercise that increases your overall energy level, mood, and attitude. Good luck!
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