Welcome back! Today we're talking about ENERGY, the tendency to let it dictate exercise frequency, and reasons why that's NOT a good idea.
You can probably recognize two phrases depicted by the images above. "putting the cart before the horse", or "going against the grain" is used in reference to something that is done in the wrong order, or unnecessarily difficult. For many, this is how they would describe EXERCISE (the horse) and ENERGY / MOTIVATION (cart) while all of life's pushes and pulls (the grain) are leaving us drained. All too often, exercise is shunted when energy is perceived as low, and reserved only for times when conditions are perfect (IE, almost never). After all, life always has a way to sap energy, good and bad, especially in these unprecedented circumstances.
There are many reasons to turn this paradigm on it's head. Let's explore why and how!
If exercise uses up energy, how is it also PRODUCED by exercise??
Backed by science!
This is not just an opinion, or empty advice that simply sounds good. It is heavily backed by science!
For instance, This study by University of Georgia researchers finds overwhelming evidence that regular exercise plays a significant role in increasing energy levels and reducing fatigue. Researchers analyzed 70 randomized, controlled trials that enrolled a total of 6,807 subjects. They found strong support for the role of exercise in reducing fatigue. Patrick O'Connor, lead researcher and co-director of UGA Exercise Psychology lab, states “More than 90 percent of the studies showed the same thing: Sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to groups that did not exercise” O’Connor said. “It’s a very consistent effect.”
Summary of key findings:
The fruits of the labor
There are so many great reasons to shift that paradigm of "energy first, then exercise" on it's head! Many people are overworked, not sleeping enough, or have other energy-sapping factors. Exercise, especially LOWER INTENSITY, will lead to more energy. There’s a scientific basis for it, and too many reasons to do it.
If you would like help with exercise programming and a strategy to fit it into your day, the Optimal You Team is standing by to help! We're just an email away
Until next time!
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