When we think of healthful lifestyle choices we generally consider requirements for a healthy diet and regular vigorous exercise. We want to be sure we're eating a wide variety of foods from the p ...View Article
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Your extreme fatigue might be coming from hidden sources. Nixing these spirit-depleting factors from your life will automatically help reboot your verve.
It turns out that even moderate dehydration (which results in the loss of 3 percent of your body weight) can make you feel mentally sluggish and mess with your concentration. The next time you're feeling foggy or lightheaded, don't just assume you're in serious need of some food. Try downing a glass or two of water.
2. Cell Phones
Checking your cell before bed amps up brain activity, making it harder to doze off. Plus, any electronic gadget's artificial blue light can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin. A 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 20 percent of people ages 19 to 29 are awakened by a call, text, or e-mail at least a few nights a week. Power it down well before bedtime.
Many drugs have veiled energy-sapping side effects. Chief among them are some classes of antidepressants and certain beta-blockers used to prevent migraines or treat high blood pressure. If you start a new med and feel more lethargic than usual, see doctor Bert for an alternative. (If there isn't one, take your dose right before bed.)
While working out zaps the stress hormone cortisol, prolonged sweat sessions--like, for example, regularly running for more than 30 minutes at a steady rate--can actually rev cortisol production. Interval training (bursts of intense activity) combined with strength training (free-weight and body-weight moves) helps keep cortisol in check.
5. Low Iron
The mineral shuttles oxygen around your body and removes waste from your cells. If you're not getting around 18 milligrams a day, your body struggles to function properly and you can feel worn out; low iron levels in your diet can cause iron deficiency anemia. If you feel sluggish, call our office and ask for a simple blood test to see if you should be taking a supplement.
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|How to Get Started
|In one sense, it doesn't matter what kind of exercise you're doing, as long as you're doing something. The key thing, the bottom line, is to be physically active in some way, every day or almost every day.
Exercise is relative. If you're 20 years old, walking four or five blocks isn't going to do much for you. But if you're 80 years old, that same four or five blocks might be terrific exercise. The important thing is to start being active.
The immediate hurdle is getting started. This is a choice, and it's a choice we make every day. Do I choose to spend some time taking care of myself, or do I choose to put it off for another day and spend today feeling badly because I didn't do what I'd promised myself I'd do? It's much easier on oneself to choose the path of action.
The bonus is that exercise makes you feel good mentally because your brain produces endorphins in response to physical activity, so you get a double bonus of feeling good!
If you haven't exercised in a few months or a few years, start slowly. The purpose is not to look like a supermodel. The purpose is to be healthy and well. This takes time. Work gradually, paying attention to what you're doing. The more you can focus clearly on your activity, the more you'll get out of it, both mentally and physically.
Yes, exercise is work. And it's also fun. It really becomes fun when you start noticing your clothes don't quite fit anymore. It's really fun when your friends say, "you look great!" It's really fun when you find you have much more energy than you used to and you're enjoy your life so much more!