Exercising to Increase Energy

by Amy Castle

Ever had that feeling of knowing you will feel better if you get outside and move but feeling low on energy or motivation is holding you back?

Here are some fun facts to help with inspiration and purpose to get up and move:

Regular exercise increases mitochondrial production– mitochondria are our cells’ energy-producing ‘powerhouses’.

Regular exercise can help to reduce chronic inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation can lead to feelings of malaise, fatigue and increased pain perception. Therefore, exercise is an excellent part of a treatment plan to support inflammatory balance.

Regular exercise can improve sleep quality and duration, supporting energy stability throughout the day (though best to avoid 1-2 hours before bedtime).

Regular exercise keeps your brain in top shape by improving circulation, reducing inflammation and enhancing brain plasticity. This can help to improve cognition, focus, and mood and reduce brain fog.

Low energy is often associated with low libido. Conversely, regular moderate exercise may help to increase libido and reduce erectile dysfunction in men. Moderation is key here as prolonged training, e.g. for a marathon, may worsen libido in some.

Chronic stress can severely drain our energy reserves. Regular exercise has been shown to support chronic stress management. It is a great ‘time out’ when you need a break from a stressful situation.

Check-in with your GP before starting any new exercise program to ensure that it is the right fit for you. Consider working with a personal trainer or exercise physiologist to support your fitness journey. 

If our Naturopath feels your health issue is more complex or requires more personalised care, you may be referred to our clinic. Just give us a call on 03 5977 0117. 📞

References can be provided on request. 

This article is intended to be informational only and represents the opinion of the author. It is not intended to be used as medical advice and does not take the place of advice from a qualified health care practitioner in a clinical setting. Please check with your healthcare practitioner before embarking upon any of the treatments discussed.