Don’t Be a Starch. No More Couch Potato!

couch-potatoWhat a battle.  You know that if you just start exercising regularly that it will make you healthier, feel better, and have more energy naturally.  But there you are, sitting on the couch, remote in hand.  “If only I weren’t too tired to get up off this couch!!” You might be surprised to learn that experts say that the best antidote to beating fatigue and boosting energy is to exercise MORE, not less.

In studies published in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Georgia researchers found that inactive folks who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular, low-intensity exercise.  But exactly how does this happen?

Contrary to popular belief, exercising doesn’t make you tired – it literally creates energy in your body.  Your body rises up to meet the challenge for more energy by becoming stronger.

It happens at the cellular level, beginning with tiny membranes called mitochondria.  Located in our cells, they work like tiny power plants to produce energy (see 8 Amazing Health Benefits of CoQ10 for more on mitochondria).  While some of that energy comes from your diet (one reason that eating too little can power down your metabolism), the number of active mitochondria you have – and thus your ability to produce energy – is affected by your daily activity.  For example, the more you exercise aerobically, the more mitochondria the body activates to produce more energy to meet your needs, which is one reason why regular cardiovascular exercise actually creates more available energy for your body.

It’s important to drink plenty of water before, during and after any exercise to help decrease workout-related fatigue. Dehydration is a primary cause of fatigue.

If you just can’t find the energy or motivation to get off that couch, try taking a vitamin B supplement and do a few light chores around the house.  Vitamin B supplements are a great way to battle against stress-related fatigue and give you what you need to run properly and feel energized. And maybe get you off that couch!