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Exercise for Energy

Hello Loyal Soup People! I recently read a headline that caught my eye. It said: What if We Know the Magic Pill to Living a Long, Healthy Life?” Of course, I was intrigued. Two lines into the article, the author revealed the answer: exercise. Exercise is the magic pill. Not always easy to swallow, but the key to so many things, including more energy.

So many of us spend our days in a state of chronic fatigue. While sometimes fatigue is linked to a serious health problem, one in four people suffer from general fatigue that is not linked to any illness. We’re just… tired!

While exercise is usually not the first thing we want to do when exhausted, short bouts of regular exercise has been linked to higher energy levels. Researchers at the University of Georgia studied fatigued volunteers who did not exercise regularly. Over the six week study, those that regularly exercised, even low-intensity leisurely walks, showed a 50% increase in energy by the end of the study! That’s quite a significant increase.

We’re often tempted to look for quick and easy fixes – often in the form of unhealthy energy drinks. Or, we can’t seem to muster the energy to exercise. However, study after study shows that regular exercise will make our lives so much better – and more full of energy… to exercise more!!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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