Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

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.’

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