I recently conducted a poll on the Honing Wellness facebook page. I wanted to gather input from moms about what their biggest challenge or frustrations were when it comes to their wellness. An overwhelming majority of women said that they lack the energy to fit in physical activity. They attributed their lack of energy to not getting enough sleep and also having too much to juggle - especially if they have returned to full-time work. While both of those reasons for lack of energy are completely legitimate, there is a way to increase your energy even if those two reasons still exist: regular exercise.
Now I know that the idea of exercise when you’re over-tired is the last thing you have on your mind. But the scientific data to support that regular exercise increases energy levels and mood is significant. This is supported by studies that have shown, “marked increases in the levels of energy-promoting and mood-enhancing neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brains of animals that are placed in regular exercise conditions”. All of this means that regular exercise will increase the level of hormones in your body responsible for making you feel good and boosting energy. This natural way to feel good and energized totally beats the sharp spike in energy and the inevitable crash that comes from sugary and caffeinated beverages.
So how do you get over the hurdle of getting your body to move when you feel completely exhausted? That urge to rest when you’re feeling exhausted can be powerful. However, it only takes a few hard efforts for a few hard days for you to recognize how regular exercise will actually make you feel better. What’s important is that you understand that you don’t have to do anything too fancy or involved. If going to a gym is completely impossible, pull up a youtube video and do a 20-minute workout in your living room (or better yet, follow my free 10-minute at home workout routine). If you’re not all about the workout videos, go for a walk outside and pick a route that includes some inclines so you can get your muscles involved and your heart rate elevated. Any of these options will pay off. The most important thing is that you get into a routine.
And if you’re still finding physical activity challenging, I recommend taking a holistic approach to your wellness. Incorporate other activities that will build healthy behaviors around your eating, movement and mindset. My 10-day Wellness Challenge for moms is the perfect way to start to build those habits over the course of 10 daily challenges delivered to your inbox. Join the challenge below and start gaining some energy back!