Fighting Fatigue: 5 Things You Need to Do
Do you feel tired throughout the day? You aren’t alone. It has been estimated that about 40% of Americans are exhausted during the week. Fatigue is not only a frustrating feeling but it also affects productivity levels and quality of life. Many people are looking to increase their energy levels, but they don’t really know how. For every symptom, such as fatigue, there is always an underlying cause. Energy, defined as the ability to do work, is really just an output measure. The input is our lifestyle. In order to increase energy levels, you need to change your lifestyle habits. Here are 5 lifestyle areas to focus on if you want to have more energy throughout the day:
- Exercise: Getting consistent exercise, including cardio, strength training, and flexibility/mobility training, can help fight off feelings of fatigue.
- Diet/Nutrition: Eating balanced meals while getting the macronutrients and micronutrients that you need can have a big impact on fatigue. Many people are eating in ways that contribute to blood sugar control issues, leading to highs and lows during the day. Pro-inflammatory diets are also common in America, and they take a toll on our bodies. People eat this way and then wonder why they ache and feel tired.
- Sleep: Getting both a sufficient quantity and quality of sleep is essential. 7 to 8 hours per night of uninterrupted, restful sleep is helpful to combat fatigue during the day. Also, try to be consistent with sleep. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day can be beneficial for hormonal activity.
- Stress Management: Everyone has stress. However, we have different levels of it, and people deal with it differently. The sympathetic nervous system controls the body’s stress response, or fight or flight response. Short term, it can be extremely beneficial, but when you are in a chronic sympathetic state, your body starts to fatigue and break down. Examples of things that reduce sympathetic tone include chiropractic, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises. Find what works for you.
- Water Intake: The basic standard is that you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, then you should be drinking 75 oz of water. Maintaining hydration is so important for proper body function, but it is often overlooked.
If you suffer from fatigue, there is an underlying cause for why you are feeling that way. In addition to providing high-quality chiropractic care throughout Warminster, PA, we also strive to get the root of lifestyle issues that may be contributing to your symptoms. Radiant Life Chiropractic serves the Bucks and Montgomery counties near Hatboro, Horsham, Warminster and Warrington. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling 215-259-5100 or visiting getradiantlife.com!