Health And Lifestyle For The Over 50s

Boost Your Energy Levels with Exercise

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Fatigue is a common problem and one which isn’t likely to make you feel like getting active. However, as unlikely as it may seem, exercise is one of the best ways to boost your energy levels. In fact, lack of physical activity can often be the cause of a lack of energy! Here’s what you need to know about exercise and energy levels.

How Does Exercise Boost Energy?

Exercise has a range of beneficial effects which help you feel more energetic in both the short-term and the long-term, including:

  • An increase in endorphin levels: Endorphins are feel-good chemicals which your body releases during exercise. They trigger a positive feeling in the body, which boosts both your mood and your energy levels.
  • Improved sleep: Research shows that those who exercise regularly have healthier sleep patterns. Physical activity during the day helps your body wind down at night so that you experience better quality sleep and generally feel more rested. This of course means you’ll feel less tired and more energetic each day.
  • Improved endurance: Staying active helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, while improving your muscle strength and endurance. As a result, when exercise is a part of your routine, you have much more energy to get through the day, and your tasks and chores will feel less like hard work.

What Kind of Workout is Best to Boost Your Energy Levels?

To keep your energy levels up, you should be engaging in plenty of moderate aerobic activity – exercise which raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster and makes you feel warmer. The NHS recommends you get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.

There are many activities which can count as moderate aerobic activity, some of which you may already do on a day to day basis. These activities can include:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Playing tennis, volleyball or various other sports and games
  • Canoeing
  • Dancing – for example, ballroom or line dancing
  • Mowing the lawn

As long as an activity gets your heart pumping fast and your body warming up, you’ll experience some positive effects, including an energy boost. Choose physical activities you enjoy and make them a solid part of your routine. If you stick with them, you’ll not only experience an immediate burst of energy when you need it but will also feel more energetic in the long-term.