How moving more will make you tired less

So many people struggle with fatigue on a day-to-day basis. Even with a decent 7 or 8 hours of sleep, low energy can seem persistent. People always ask how to get more energy—is it an extra cup of coffee or a magic supplement? But people don’t get energy; they create it.

One of the top reasons people feel tired all the time is because they’re not moving enough. Even people who work out seven days a week can struggle with low energy for this same reason! If someone works out for an hour and then sits at a desk for 8 hours, their body stops producing energy. The human body requires an active lifestyle, not an active hour. Just by moving, our tissue generates piezoelectricity, essentially charging up our cells. The more you move, the more your body will generate this electricity. Here’s a few tips to stay moving throughout your busy day.

  1. Set a movement timer. When you’re working, especially at a desk, it’s easy to lose perception of time and not get up and move for hours at a time. Fortunately, modern technology has made it a little easier to commit to movement. Activity trackers, like the Apple Watch, will actually remind you once an hour to get up and move. You can even set timers on your phone to get up and stretch, take a short walk around the office, or—if you’re feeling ambitious—knock out a few jumping jacks or body squats.
  2. Make the most of your breaks. While it may be tempting to sit and rest on your breaks, make the most of this time to boost your energy levels. Go on a power walk, get outside (if possible), play a game, or do some yoga. You should use this time to do something you enjoy. This will give your body and mind a nice energy boost to power through the rest of your day.
  3. Stop taking short cuts. Our society is trending towards convenience. We can have our dinner, even our groceries, delivered, we can stream all our movies and music instead of having to go to the store, and we drive or Uber everywhere. We think of these conveniences as “time savers,” but in reality they take away our opportunity for movement. Challenge yourself for at least a week to stop taking short cuts and stop doing things the “convenient” way. Just by walking to the coffee shop or even cleaning your house, you add in significant movement to your routine.

Remember, our bodies depend on an active lifestyle. While another cup of coffee may give you a little energy burst, it’s only a short-term solution to a long-term problem. If you find ways to fit more movement into your daily routine, you’ll find that your energy is going to see major improvement. So get moving