Midday Fatigue? Read on.

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  • “Regular exercise is supposed to boost a person’s energy levels. So why do so many fitness fans complain of feeling fatigued during the afternoon?…Whether you exercise in the morning, afternoon or evening, small changes in your routine can keep you from suffering midday blahs.  Midday is the ideal time to exercise…A workout then can give you an energy boost lasting three to four hours.
  • To avoid midday fatigue and preserve energy throughout the day, most trainers recommend doing more moderate workouts, meaning those in which you hit 70% to 80% of your target heart rate.
  • If you have a high-stress work environment then vigorous workouts may not make you feel better. You might be better off with restorative yoga so your brain can slow down…An ideal schedule would be two to three high-intensity workouts during the week, mixed in with lighter workouts like yoga, walking or weight training, say fitness experts.
  • Nutrition is just as important as moving to keep from feeling fatigued…suggests eating something every three hours, including a snack such as a small piece of fruit an hour before a workout and a meal of protein and carbohydrates within the hour after.  The wrong food can leave you feeling depleted. “That breakfast pastry or a fast food lunch can sap your energy,”
  • And remember to sip water during workouts and throughout the day, says Ms. Heller. “When you’re not hydrated, you will feel fatigued,” she says. “You may not know why, but you will feel it.”
  • Sitting for a long stretch of time can make people feel more tired…Moving your body, even for just a few minutes, can get the blood pumping in your body. “The heart begins to beat faster, delivering more blood and oxygen to working cells,” says Dr. Muth. This increases the release of hormones like endorphins, which not only help people feel good, but also reverses fatigue.”

Read more @ Source: wsj.com – Fighting Fatigue in the Afternoon

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  1. Congratulations on hitting your target weight!

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  2. Oops, I jumped the gun. Keep going, you’re almost there! Lol

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  3. I’m a morning exerciser, and boy do I feel the ramifications all day if I don’t get that workout–sluggish, fuzzy, less motivated. As they say, a good night’s rest seems to be key and water, water, water….good information, pal…thx!

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  4. i love to workout in the morning, sets the tone for my whole day. that being said, i’ve begun the day with a cup of strong coffee and a trip to blogworld. heading to the lake later so that will be my workout for the day, i love to get exercise just from life experiences.

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  5. If I don’t exercise in the morning, I won’t exercise at all. I know my energy levels and have fine tuned the routine keeping those in mind. Great post!

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  6. There is good advice here but it seems garbled to me. For example “Evening Workout” says “start your day with a 10 minute stretch.” Morning workout says “don’t be an evening couch potato.” Does it makes sense in a way I’m not getting?

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    • I was confused the first 2x I read it Frank. What I believe this is saying is this. If you normally work-out in the Evenings (Right side box of pictorial) and you encounter mid-day fatigue, it suggests that you: a) start each day with a stretching exercise of some sort, b) don’t skip breakfast and c) and when you exercise in the evenings, don’t do so within 2-3 hours of bedtime. Conversely, if you generally work-out in the mornings, like I do (infrequently and sporadically as it is), do sit around all evening. Do something, even if it is a short walk. In other words, to help with mid-day fatigue you need to do something (move) on the other side of the day when you normally don’t work out. Hope this helps.

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  7. Must be too early for me too…I’m with Frank. I’m not sure I understand it. I work out early though, only because I know it won’t happen at all if I don’t do it first thing in the morning.

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  8. This is good advice to get a more energised body during the day.

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  9. Ahh exercise! I am actually motivated to take out a moment & think about taking care of my body (No matter at what time ;)).

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