Finding the Energy to Exercise

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 18th January 2013

One of the most common reasons for being inactive or for not exercising is “lack of energy.” 

Would you like to exercise but you just cannot summon the energy?  The remedy is to get moving! Exercise increases your energy levels and decreases feelings of fatigue.  It may seem counterintuitive because most people view exercise as a way to expend energy.  However, the return can be greater then the effort.  

Investigators measured the amount of physical activity of numerous participants and also recorded the amount of energy or fatigue the participants reported.  Results of this research demonstrated that those who were physically active reported higher levels of energy and lower levels of fatigue throughout the day.

How does that work?  Regular physical activity conditions your entire cardiovascular system and helps it deliver oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and tissues more efficiently.  When your heart, lungs and muscles are working well together, your body performs better and you feel energized.

Fortunately, even a little bit of activity, such as a 15-minute walk, is sufficient to increase energy levels.   So the next time the couch calls your name, resist the temptation to “stay at rest” and instead, tell yourself that you will exercise for at least 15 minutes.  You will probably discover that a brief burst of activity makes you feel invigorated and you might even decide to extend your workout session!