7 Tips To Combat Fatigue And Increase Vitality

| June 3, 2018

7 Tips To Combat Fatigue And Increase Vitality

 

 

Are you tired? Do you lack energy at times (perhaps most of the time)? Well, if you do, then you are not alone!

Today, we live in a society of tired and worn out people. Many people have desk jobs or sit around all day, which, even though you are not actually expending much energy, tends to make us feel lethargic and more tired because physical movement actually boosts energy levels. We run around from work to chores to home where we face more chores without the required energy to accomplish these tasks. We spend weekends stuck to gaming systems, television screens and mobile phones and spend little time in the fresh air.

Many people spend time wishing they had more energy. They take unhealthy shortcuts by downing Red Bull energy drinks to keep them going, not realizing that these drinks contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine that have landed many people in hospital emergency rooms. And this is NOT treating any underlying cause of lethargy and the “down” that you feel afterwards totally negates any small boost you may get. The energy drink industry, which nets an estimated $10 billion per year is resulting in a rising number of patients, many of whom are young in being treated in emergency rooms for serious complications related to the high intake of caffeine in drinks like 5-hour energy, Monster Energy and of course, Red Bull.

According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, visits to hospitals because of energy drink complications doubled from 2007 to 2011. 20,783 emergency room visits cited energy drinks as a primary cause of the health condition being treated, including headaches, anxiety, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks.

 

Many people are now overweight and partake in a diet filled with processed fake food that does not really feed or fuel our bodies and in actuality,only weighs us down and makes us feel tired and sick.

But do not despair because fortunately, there are many natural and effective ways you can combat fatigue and increase your energy and vitality. Some of these techniques and habits can also slow the process of aging. 

Here are 7 ways you can fight fatigue and boost your energy levels:

  1. Make sure there isn’t something physically wrong. There are several physical reasons why you might have chronic fatigue, from thyroid disease, anemia, sleep apnea, heart disease, to arthritis. The only way you can determine if any of these are the problem is to visit your doctor and be evaluated for these diseases. Many can be treated or reversed so that you can gain energy back.
  2. Exercise. While it would seem logical that exercise would make fatigue worse, actually the opposite is true. Being physically active tends to boost your energy levels, not to mention maximize the function of many of your body’s organs. Exercise can help you lose weight, which can further significantly increase your energy. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for aerobic activity that is known to increase energy and vitality, especially as we age.
  3. Try yoga. Yoga is one exercise that has been shown to improve confidence, lessen fatigue, and clear the mind. Many types of yoga are ideal for just about any fitness level. Yoga has been found to be helpful by research in men and women over the age of 65, who generally have a great problem with fatigue.
  4. Keep from being dehydrated. Keep a water bottle filled and chilled for more energy by fighting dehydration. Research on athletes has shown that being dehydrated zaps the energy from their activity. Even if you’re not athletic, staying hydrated with water will give you that added bit of energy you deserve.
  5. Get enough sleep. The best way to get enough sleep is to go to bed early and get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. In one 2004 study, it was found that people who got adequate sleep were more vigorous and reported less fatigue. Naps are other ways to freshen up your energy level. Try for short naps, no longer than 30 minutes. Any longer than that and you will have difficulty sleeping during the night. One study showed that a nap followed by a small quantity of caffeine such as a 5-ounce cup of coffee or tea can restore your energy even more.
  6. Try omega-3 fatty oils. Fish oil capsules are good for you in many ways. One way, as shown by a 2009 Italian study, to boost energy and have quicker mental reaction times, is to take fish oil capsules containing omega 3 fatty acids. The capsules also restored physical vigor.
  7. Lose weight and eat smaller meals. Carrying around extra weight can be exhausting and the only way to rid yourself of that exhaustion is to start a healthy exercise and diet program that will help you shed pounds and feel more vigorous. There are no specific diets that work any better than creating a calorie deficit and working out at least 30 minutes per day. Large meals zap you of energy because the body needs to use a lot of energy to digest them. Think about a time you ate a buffet, where everyone naturally eats too much food, versus a meal that included a salad. More likely than not when you left the buffet you felt exhausted and wishing someone would wheel you out of there, versus the energy you felt after a raw whole food meal such as a salad. Small and frequent meals will keep your blood sugars from fluctuating, giving you steady amounts of food energy throughout the day.

OK, there you have 7 ways to combat fatigue and increase vitality.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list and there are many other things that you can do to boost your energy levels, but they are a good place to get started.

Start implementing them into your daily life and see your energy (and health) increase, thus giving you a spring in your step and more zest for life; you owe it to yourself to do so, don’t you?

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I’m just an average guy who spent 15 years in the Armed Services, and when about to leave thought “Hmmm, what the heck am I going to do now?!?” Being an ex-serviceman I have always had a passion for health and fitness and wanted to help others reach their goals. I have 4 wonderful daughters (hence my lack of hair) and they are my reason “why” I do this. I wanted to have lots of energy to make the most of my family time, especially when the kids are young and making you run around like a lunatic!!! I've managed to keep myself in good shape all my life and it is never too late to start. But you have got to believe in yourself, a LOT!!!! And that’s where I come in. I can help you overcome your doubts and show you how to look after yourself physically and mentally so you can have the physical energy to be able to enjoy all the free time with your friends and family. I guess that about wraps it up; I hope the site helps you in some small way in your health and fitness and personal development journey.

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