During the hot summer months it may seem as though your energy levels have struck a new low. If that is case, here are several ideas to help you re-energize yourself.
Start out by reducing your stress. It can be stress caused by overwork or taking on too many projects at one time. Or it could be the stress of working a hard physical job. But it can be a combination of both mental and physical activity causing a loss of energy.
One of the most highly recommended methods of increasing energy levels is through exercise. Even though this may be counterintuitive, it still works. This is especially true if your energy is draining away with a multitude of mental activities.
There is an old axiom in the physical fitness world that goes along the lines of this; if you work at a physically demanding job, reduce the stress by exercising your mental capacities. The opposite of working a hard physical job is a difficult mental job. And the way to reduce the stress from this job is with intense physical activity.
Not only does exercise relieve the stress of daily life, it increases your body’s fuel making efficiency, which means that your muscles are producing more mitochondria in the muscle cells. This means you have more energy to burn.
The act of exercising helps to create more tiny blood vessels, capillaries that carry oxygen to your cells. Intense exercise also causes you to breathe heavier which increases your heart rate and circulates more oxygen now available to the creation of more mitochondria in the muscle tissues.
Exercise also helps release moderate amounts of epinephrine and norepinephrine. These two hormones, in large amounts, are the stress hormones that cause the energy depleting fight or flight response.
Exercise can also reduce fatigue in those who have a chronic autoimmune condition or fatigue brought on by cancer or the treatment of cancer. A small analysis of 36 studies relating to fatigue and chronic autoimmune conditions discovered that exercising aerobically 30 to 60 minutes, three times a week for three months produce these results.
Those people who had multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis had significant reductions in fatigue. A similar review of the research into fatigue found that people over 65 years with cancer who exercised were able to ease their cancer related fatigue symptoms.
It looks as though getting moving may provide more benefits both short and long term.