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Does Exercise Cause Energy or Fatigue?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Fatigue is a problem. Most people in today's world are walking around with fatigue written all over their bodies. We're moody. We're sore. We're just tired! Why? There are a million reasons -- our lifestyle, our work habits, our diets. But no matter the reason, there are things that you can do to help improve your energy. When you go looking for advice in this area, you may get an answer that causes more questions than answers. Exercise. Research suggests that exercise can actually help improve your energy levels. Of course, as someone suffering from fatigue, you're probably thinking that exercise will only make it worse! So what's the truth? To find out what you should do, take a look at how exercise affects your energy in everyday life. 

How It Causes Fatigue

Exercise makes you tired. You probably don't need an expert's opinion or extensive research to understand that exercise is exhausting. It's tiring because you expend your energy. Because you challenge the body. Because you sweat and push the muscles and breathe fast and heavy. Luckily, this exhaustion is usually temporary. After you get used to regular exercise, your energy returns and you recover faster after your routine.

How It Creates Energy

Exercise brings big benefits to the body. It makes you feel more awake, gives you a boost of focus, and lowers stress. And over time, it also improves your energy. At first, you might be exhausted. But as you improve your stamina and power, your energy reserves seem to expand. Your body begins to work more efficiently, and so you have to use less energy to carry out normal tasks. If you've started an exercise routine in order to gain energy, don't give up! Even if you're tired at first, the energy benefit will come if you stick with it. 

Exercises That Feel Good

So what kind of exercise should you be doing? Whatever you like! The key is to find something that is both enjoyable and challenging. Try running. Try yoga. Try weight lifting. Try a million different things. As long as you're consistently moving, you're going to be getting closer to good health, more energy, and your other fitness related goals. 

Exercise is powerful, and it definitely needs a place in your everyday life. Do some research. Experiment. Visit a gym. Find exercise that suits your interest, and make it a part of your life. With a little movement in your life, you may find your energy return, your health improve, and your overall mood and perspective improve like never before. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Davie, Fla.

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