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Regular exercise may make you feel more energetic and less fatigued, according to a quantitative analysis published in the November 2006 issue of "Psychological Bulletin." The authors analyzed 70 studies with more than 6,800 participants and concluded that exercise provided energy more effectively than chemical stimulants. Exercise routines for women may need to work around busy schedules at home and work.
Professor Robert Thayer, author of вЂњCalm Energy: How People Regulate Mood With Food and Exercise,вЂќ recommends energizing with a brisk 15-minute walk. A walk can fit into almost any schedule and doesn't require any expense. Take a walk around the block early in the morning or in the evening. If you work outside the home, take a brisk walk during your break or lunch to increase energy. Mothers can romp with kids in the park or push little ones around in a stroller for added energy. Using a treadmill allows you to walk when outdoor conditions make a walk uncomfortable or unwise.
Moving Slow and Deliberate
The slow, deliberate and low-intensity movements in tai chi, Pilates or yoga can provide energy according to Thayer. He recommends adding music to reduce tension and keeping your exercise session moderate and short. Longer and more intense exercise may leave you feeling tired and out of energy. If you overdo it, take heart. Thayer reports that your energy should rebound after an hour as your muscles recover.
Stand up and stretch to wake up and energize your body. Sitting too long in one place can zap your energy and make you sleepy, especially in the afternoon hours. Stand up and sit down repeatedly without using your hands to balance or push off your seat. Roll your shoulders forward, up to your ears, then back for several repetitions to energize your neck and shoulders. Twist from the hips as you stand or sit in your chair. If you twist in a chair, reach across the body and grab the back of the chair to facilitate a deeper stretch.
Dancing energizes you as it strengthens and tones your body, increases flexibility, stimulates weight loss and improves your balance and posture according to Ilyse Baker, dance instructor and founder of Dancinerate. Dancing at least twice a week energizes your body and brain, reducing your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's according to a 2003 study published in the "New England Journal of Medicine." Dancing also improves female bone density, reports Lisa Monti, a registered dietitian with Lifestyle Nutrition & Fitness Consulting and a dance enthusiast. Choose from many types of dance, including belly dancing, ballroom dancing and line dancing.