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Improving Energy Levels Can Take Time

If you get tired easily, remember that improving your energy levels can take time. If you have a medical condition causing fatigue, or a very busy life, practical strategies can increase your energy levels. But improvement will not be as easy as flipping a switch. Endurance and increased energy levels are built slowly over time.

Build energy levels over time
Take Your Time

In a University of Minnesota study, people who complained of frequent fatigue rarely had immediate improvements. However, gradual lifestyle changes improved energy levels for nine out of ten participants.

Sleep Well

Sleep is fuel for our systems that we cannot do without. As with food and water, we cannot simply skimp for a day and make up for it the next. Our bodies expect a constant supply of sleep.  The body functions best when provided a full night’s sleep every twenty-four hours.

According to the National Sleep Foundation,, 40 percent of adults are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. The foundation reports sleep deprivation triggers a 10 to 35 percent drop in antibodies and immune cells. Sleep is essential for the repair of immune cells. People should aim for at least eight hours of sleep at night and more if they become ill.

Sport Drink
Sport Drink

Sport & Energy Drinks

For exercise lasting forty-five minutes or less, there is no real advantage to drinking anything other than water. For particularly rigorous exercise, a sports drink might help you replenish yourself.

Study the labels, because some sports drinks are closer to junk food than nutrition. Watch for excess sweeteners and high calorie content.

Colorado State University researchers have found that for more than nine in ten people, water is the best beverage to drink for their typical exercise activity. Sports drinks are beneficial only for those athletes who participate in high-endurance activities.

No Energy for Exercise?

Believe it or not, the more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have. Identify points during the day when you’re most awake and alert, and work out then. For many people, morning is best, but you may be most energetic at 8 PM. On days when you’re really tired, trick your body into exercising for longer periods. Vow to walk or do strength training for ten minutes; if you’re still beat after that, quit. Usually, though, you start feeling so good that you keep going. If you’re sluggish, do a less intense workout. Take a leisurely walk, or do a gentle yoga video.

Did you know?

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil# boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen. It can raise energy levels and increase stamina during workouts and speed recovery and healing after any exercise.

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Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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