We all know exercise is good for us, especially for those of us living with depression. Study after study after study has shown the mood-boosting and anti-depressive effects of exercise. But what about using exercise for another purpose – boosting energy and beating fatigue?
For many, exercise as an energy-booster seems counterintuitive. After all, exercise actually requires energy (in the form of calories) and too much exercise can leave us drained and exhausted (more on that later). First, let’s take a look at how exercise can improve overall energy, both in the short-term and the long-term.
However, getting enough exercise when you have depression can be difficult because of fatigue and low energy.
The good news? You don’t have to get that much to see an energy bump!
Research shows that a brisk, 10 to 15-minute walk is actually the most effective form of exercise to see an immediate, significant boost in energy. Longer and higher-intensity workouts can also build energy over time but may tire you out initially because you worked so hard.
My best advice? Start with short, low intensity workouts (think a 5-minute walk around the block), and slowly build up over time to avoid injury and fatigue. Having trouble getting started? Click here to book a free discovery session with me and let's get it done together!
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to energy and exercise? Let me know in the comments!
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