Managing Fatigue

By Patricia ZelmEmmart CHHC, AADP

Fatigue is a common occurrence in our society today. Life is so fast paced, that there is not time to relax and take a few minutes respite. Fatigue causes us to collapse rather than relax. Most live with fatigue day and day out, until it causes an illness or disease.

You can feel general fatigue because of stress, lack of sleep, and unhealthy diets filled with pick up and go food. You may even find yourself too tired to exercise; a common problem happening to many Americans.

Symptoms of fatigue include:

Fatigue will not go away over night, but making time for yourself to exercise will help to increase the endorphins produced in your body. Endorphins are chemicals that are released into your brain and throughout your body. When these chemicals are released in the body, there is a feeling of happiness and contentment that fills your being. However, if it does not seem to get better, you should see your doctor.

Feeling some fatigue during high intensity exercise is common. To help your body repair from fatigue and increase your metabolism, consider what you are eating. By making simple changes to your diet, it will lower your risk of muscle aches or joint pain during your workout.

Items to avoid when feeling fatigue:

Feeling tired and fatigued should not ruin the time that you have set aside for yourself. By starting out slow with your workout and simple changes to your diet, you will be surprised how wonderful you will begin to feel.

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