Trying to convince someone who doesn’t enjoy exercise that it will actually help them feel more energised, often results in laughter and disbelief. It makes sense that they would be dubious, because in their experience doing physically exerting activities results in them feeling sore and tired. But the fact remains that even though we are burning more energy by moving our body, we are also creating more energy as well!
When you think about exercise in its basic form, it makes sense. You sit around your home all day and you start to feel lethargic and tired, simply because your body is in ‘rest’ mode. Your energy is being focused on digestion and basic functions, and there is really no need to pump your body full of hormones and energy when you are just lounging around in your PJ’s! But when you get up and do something simple like go for a quick walk, you will most likely notice that you start to feel more awake. The effect is instantaneous.
When we look at more strenuous exercise, such as a 45 minute cardio training session or a resistance workout, it seems strange that it would actually leave you feeling more energised. Yet it does! - And it does this both short term AND long term.
Let’s have a look at why:
First of all you have the instant effect. Your heart starts to pump faster and your breathing becomes more rapid so your whole body is flushed with oxygen rich blood. This helps energise your body with oxygen so you can keep on moving!
Then you have the cellular level effect. The more exercise you do the more you stimulate your metabolism and the more mitochondria your body produces. Mitochondria are the little energy creating organelles found within the very cells of your body. The more you create, the more energetic you feel!
Then on top of that, exercising provides you with an extra boost of endorphins. These are specific hormones released into your body to help stimulate both your body and mind, so that you feel sharp and energised.
There are heaps of compelling reasons why we should all participate in different forms of exercise on a regular basis, but feeling more alert and energised is definitely up there on the benefits list! So if you are feeling a little lethargic for no good reason, then why not re-energise with exercise? Go for a walk, or move your body, and feel the difference it can have on your mood and energy levels!