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Uncomfortable Truth: Exercise Boosts Your Energy Levels.

Feeling tired and sluggish seems to go hand-in-hand with our new normal of working motherhood. But, it doesn't have to and here's the uncomfortable truth: while it might be tempting to skip your workout because you're so tired, the reason you feel tired is because you keep skipping your workouts.

I know it's hard to find time and energy when you feel like you're running on all cylinders, so our fitness regime is usually the first thing to go, but I am here to tell you that above all other tips, tricks and working-mum hacks in the world, getting your body moving is without a doubt going to give you the most benefits in ALL facets of your life.

It's hard work. It takes discipline. BUT as a successful career woman, I know that you’re capable of both! Let’s explore why getting active can help you feel more energised.

The Science Behind Exercise and Energy

1. Increases Blood Flow: Exercise gets your heart pumping and boosts blood flow throughout your body, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and organs. This helps your body function more efficiently, making you feel more awake and alert.

2. Enhances Mitochondrial Function: Physical activity stimulates the production of mitochondria within your cells. Mitochondria are often called the powerhouses of the cell because they generate the energy your body needs to perform everyday tasks.

3. Boosts Endorphins: When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, often known as "feel-good" hormones. These chemicals help improve your mood and reduce feelings of fatigue, giving you a natural energy boost.

4. Improves Sleep Quality: Regular exercise helps regulate your sleep patterns and improves the quality of your rest. Better sleep means you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the day.

5. Reduces Stress: Physical activity helps lower stress hormones like cortisol. By reducing stress, you conserve more energy and feel less drained throughout the day.

6. Combats Sedentary Fatigue: Ironically, sitting or lying down for long periods can make you feel more tired. Incorporating movement into your day helps combat this sedentary fatigue and keeps your energy levels up.

Simple Ways to Get Moving

As an executive mum, our schedules are packed, but incorporating exercise doesn’t have to be over complicated, and while I encourage you always to find a fitness-style hobby that you love (dancing/rock climbing/horse riding!) it really doesn't need to be that complicated or time-consuming. Here are a few simple ways to get moving:

1. Take a Brisk Walk: Even a 10-minute walk can increase your energy and clear your mind. Consider taking a break during lunch or after work to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. Personally, my go-to is a lunch time run, which literally energises you all afternoon and in time for pick up, so you can be more present and in a great mood for your little loves. If your workplace has great EOTs then you'd be mad not to try this.

2. Stretch Regularly: Incorporate short stretching sessions into your day to boost circulation. Stretching can be done at your desk, in between meetings, or first thing in the morning.

3. Try a Quick Home Workout: Short, high-intensity workouts can be incredibly effective in boosting your energy. There are plenty of 10-15 minute workout routines available online that you can do at home or in the office.

Embrace the Energy Boost

Remember, the more you move, the more energy you'll have. So next time you’re feeling tired, try some physical activity—you might be surprised at how much better you feel. As a busy executive mum, you have the strength and resilience to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, and the benefits will extend beyond just physical energy. You’ll find yourself more focused, less stressed, and better able to tackle the demands of your career and home life.

Embrace the challenge and make a commitment to move more. Your body, mind, and overall well-being will thank you.


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