REDISCOVER YOUR GETUP-AND-GO
If you’re tired, exercise can feel like the last thing you want to do, but it can actually reduce fatigue. There are many reasons why, including the release of endorphins, the psychological benefits of social interaction and the simple act of getting your heart rate up and boosting blood flow.
‘If the thought of formal exercise is overwhelming, make it more approachable,’ says Jo Gray. ‘Walk halfway to work, take a rucksack to the shops and carry your shopping home, take the stairs, go for a walk with a friend. All these will energise and build stamina.’ Exercise doesn’t have to be highintensity to increase your energy levels. One study showed that people who engaged in regular, low-intensity exercise reduced their fatigue by 65%. Think a leisurely walk, yoga or a swim.
‘Do the Pilates 100 move,’ says Caroline. ‘It works almost all your muscles and the breathing pattern is invigorating. Lie on your back, knees bent, then lift your feet off the floor. Extend your legs straight and forward to a 65˚ angle then lift your head and shoulders off the mat and extend your arms along your sides. Pump your arms rapidly up and down, inhaling through your nose for five pumps and exhaling out of your mouth for five more for a total of 10 times. If you have lower back problems, keep your knees bent.’