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“I have less energy than I used to.” “I feel tired all the time.” “What can I do to have more energy?”I often hear these questions from clients, particularly during this time of year, which can feel especially hectic and draining. The truth is that starting the morning with enough energy and maintaining it throughout the day is challenging for many people.
Your energy is a combination of several factors: overall physical health, quality, and quantity of sleep, stress levels, the timing of meals, macronutrient intake, macronutrient balance, micronutrient intake, hydration, portion sizes, and more. One of the largest factors is physical activity, which recent research has illuminated as being extremely important for balanced energy levels.
One reason exercise affects energy is that physical activity promotes sound sleep. When people exercise more often and with higher intensity, they tend to be able to go to bed earlier and sleep better. It’s important to note, however, that physical activity can make it more difficult to sleep if it’s close to bedtime.
Exercise affects our hormones, which, affect our alertness. Specifically, exercise increases the body's release of the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine, which make us more energetic. Research has also shown exercise improves cognition, which can make us feel more productive and alert.
Physical activity additionally increases blood flow, which subsequently improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the bloodstream. This increases your cells’ ability to conduct their processes and make energy, which leads to a boost in your alertness and vitality.
While having a well-planned and consistent exercise routine can improve your energy, it is just one part of the picture. If one of your goals in 2019 is to increase your energy, productivity, and alertness, or just to feel better, consider meeting with me or any member of my team of Registered Dietitians here at the Mount Auburn Club. We can help you make sure your food plan complements and enhances your fitness plan. No fitness plan yet? We can also recommend a fitness professional who will meet your needs. One of the benefits of having your personal trainer and dietitian under one roof is we can provide coordinated guidance to help you reach your goals.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to improving your health and energy. Schedule a free consultation now to discover the difference our tailored advice can make.
Today's helpful post is from Louisa Paine, Registered Dietitian at Mount Auburn Club.
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The information presented here is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or health condition. As always, please speak with your registered dietitian regarding any dietary modifications or nutrition-related questions.