Rachel Spikes, ARNP - Honesty, Compassion & Caring
Fatigue is one of the biggest problems that I hear about on a daily basis. There are many potential causes for this common problem. Here are 5 tips to help you beat fatigue.
1) Exercise: I know that this is a hard thing to do when you are tired! However, it is key when talking about energy levels. We should be exercising at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. If you are not accustomed to exercise, you should start low and go slow. You can do 10 minute sessions, 3 times per day, to make up the 30 minutes per day. Regular exercise helps to increase metabolism and burn calories. It improves our mood by releasing chemicals in the brain that makes us happier and more relaxed. It also improves sleep, increases blood flow and improves deliverance of key nutrients and can help to lower cholesterol, blood sugars and blood pressure.
2) Diet: A balanced diet is essential in helping us have energy and vitality in our lives. Our bodies depend on what we consume to give us the energy to fuel our systems. What kind of fuel is your body running on today?
3) Sleep: This is an important time for our bodies to rejuvinate and decrease the levels of stress hormones that are circulating within the body. Adequate sleep is important in helping to recover from illness, maintaining a healthy weight and positive mood. Do you know how many hours a day is adequate for you?
4) Healthy Weight: Just carrying around a few extra pounds can cause us to be fatigued. Do you know what a 1 lb. of fat looks like?
5) Stress: Having high levels of stress over long periods of time causes us to become fatigued easily. Our bodies release high levels of chemicals during stressful situations. If we are constantly living under high levels of stress, these chemicals can be detrimental to our health.
It is important to look at other possible health reasons why we experience fatigue---so call us today to schedule an appointment to talk about weight loss, improvement in sleep, diet or a suitable exercise plan.  Together, we can help you accomplish your health care goals.