Mar 2, 2015

Energy: You reap what you sow

Tips for increasing energy levels

One of the hardest parts any exercise or fitness program is simply getting started. Especially when you're a mum. And you don't have time. And you're sleep deprived. And your energy levels are already at an all time low. But don't dismay, I'm going to let you in on a little secret..

There is a simple principle that holds very true when it comes to energy.  You have to use it in order to gain it (you reap what you sow remember?).  I know it might sound a little crazy, but I promise you that it works.  If you can just get started, and manage to fit a few regular exercise sessions in a week, you will notice a difference.

The first few sessions are always the hardest and I'm not going to lie, you will be tired on the day that you exercise.  But it won't be long (perhaps only a few sessions) that you will start to notice that your days and day to day tasks become a little easier and you will notice that you have more energy for your work and your family.  This is simply because, the fitter you get, the easier other daily tasks get (like pushing prams, lifting children and playing with children).

If that's not enough to convince you and you need a little motivation to get through those first few days/sessions,  I have one word for you:  Endorphins.

Endorphins are those feel good chemicals that your body releases after exercise and they should never be undervalued.  Although you may be tired after your first few exercise sessions, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of the endorphins that your body will produce in response to exercise.  Some of these benefits include feelings of euphoria, regulation of appetite, enhancement of the immune response and decreased feelings of pain.  Those endorphins will hopefully get you through those first few sessions until your energy levels increase and you are seeing the overall benefits.. 

Trust me, it works. But you have to sow it first.

Just remember, exercise alone won't increase your energy levels unless you are also looking after your overall wellbeing.  Eat wholesome, natural food, drink plenty of water and always do your best to go to bed early enough to get a good night's sleep.