Are you the type of person that’s constantly feeling worn out after a long, stressful day at work and decides to postpone that gym session or that walk until tomorrow and instead head home, jump on the lounge and turn on the TV to waste away the evening? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there, though this may be doing you more harm than good in terms of your physical and mental fatigue.
Hear me out! It may sound counterintuitive but exercise has in fact been shown to increase a person’s energy levels, as well as having a positive effect on general stress levels. Research has shown that completing regular, low intensity exercise can increase an individual’s energy levels by up to 20% and reduce fatigue by up to 65%. This can include any form of movement, be that walking, yoga, kicking the footy with the kids…whatever you like!
Looking for an even bigger boost to your wellbeing? Try exercising outdoors! Completing physical activity in an outdoor environment has been shown to increase serotonin, improve an individual’s mood and self esteem and best of all, decrease mental fatigue making for a much happier and healthier self. Why not get a family member or a friend and take a thirty minute stroll along the beach or have a hit of tennis.
If you’re after some guidance with setting up an activity plan, come and see any of our Exercise Physiologist’s who will happily sort you out with a plan and a program that incorporates fitness and fun. It could be the energy boost you need to get you back on the right track and achieve your goals!