Before you get in that long line for Starbucks coffee to help wake you up tomorrow – consider the following studies & think about fitting in a 20 minute workout instead.
Research suggests that regular exercise can increase energy levels, even more than caffeine. Better yet – exercise is even effective at boosting the energy levels among those suffering from chronic medical conditions such as cancer & heart disease. (Now that’s some powerful ‘medicine’!)
In a study published in the Psychological Bulletin, over 6,800 people were analysed to measure the effects of exercise on their fatigue. By the end of the study, more than 90% of the people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue over the groups that did not exercise.
In fact, the study showed that exercise was often even more effective than – not just caffeine, but even greater than the effects of stimulant medication used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) & narcolepsy.
According to researcher Tim Puetz, PhD of UGA: “We live in a society where people are always looking for the next sports drink, energy bar, or cup of coffee that will give them the extra edge to get through the day, but it may be that lacing up your tennis shoes & getting out & doing some physical activity every morning can provide that spark of energy that people are looking for.” (Source)
So if you have just 20 minutes to spare in the morning – try the following challenge: replace your detour for coffee with a quick bout of regular exercise for a few weeks.
For example: 10 bodyweight squats, followed by 10 full-body or kneeling press-ups. Complete two to three rounds.
Be aware of your level of fatigue & see if the little extra movement actually increases your energy levels.
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