Coaches Corner: How Exercise Can Help Improve Energy Levels

14053677_1135567429864506_1227390864032259337_oDo you ever find yourself low on energy? If you’re like most people, it’s likely that you do. Balancing our careers and/or home life with our own extracurricular activities and then adding caring for our children and their extracurricular activities on top of that makes for a long, hectic and extremely busy day. Believe me, I can relate to a super busy schedule and more often than not I find myself going non-stop from morning to night with little to no breaks. However, I rarely have a lack of energy. Why is that? Is it my genetic make-up? Perhaps. Is it a lot of caffeine? No, except for the typical cup of joe in the morning. Well then what is it? I believe it’s because I exercise regularly and also eat sensibly.

I know what you’re thinking, “How can I possibly exercise with everything I have going on in my life right now”? While I realize that it’s not an easy task for many, if you understand some of the lesser known benefits from exercise, you may be more likely to make it a priority. Aside from the more well know benefits such as looking better naked (and clothed) and improved health and wellness, there are a lot of other, lesser-known benefits that can improve your quality of life. Improving energy levels is just one of them. Here’s how…

Yes, exercise does indeed improve energy levels. Make a little extra time in your day for exercise and you’ll be rewarded with improved energy levels. This time spent exercising may even offset the time you may have spent resting or napping. Scientists have concluded that one of the best ways to beat fatigue and boost energy is to exercise more, not less. Many studies have also shown that the more you move the more energy you will feel too.

Here’s why…

  • Physical exertion requires the need more oxygen. Because of this, our lung capacity increases which ultimately will allow you to deliver higher levels of oxygen to your brain and blood stream, helping you feel more alert.
  • Exercise allows your blood to circulate more efficiently, which moves more oxygen to your muscles creating an increase in energy production.
  • Physical activity also produces endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced at the base of your brain and when released, produce feelings of pain relief and well-being.
  • A study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reported that inactive people who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% and decrease fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular exercise. Other studies have shown that you can increase more energy and reduce more fatigue through exercise than by using stimulant medications.
  • The more you move around, the more mitochondria your body makes to meet your energy needs. The more mitochondria you have, the greater the boost to your metabolism, and the greater your ability to produce more energy.
  • Improving your aerobic capacity by just 15-25% would be like shaving ten to twenty years off your age. Imagine feeling ten years younger just because you started exercising!

So stay away from the stimulants and get moving for more energy. It really does work. I’m living proof.

Excerpts taken from: The Fatigue Solution: Increase Your Energy in Eight Easy Steps Eva Cwynar M.D. and Sharyn Kolberg