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Top 10 Physical Energy Zappers


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Sedentary Lifestyle
You may feel too tired to exercise, but once you start, you'll feel some energy kick in.
You may feel too tired to exercise, but once you start, you'll feel some energy kick in.
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When you're wiped out, lying on the couch and pondering how to get dinner to teleport its way from the cupboards to your mouth, the last thing you want to do is put on the tennis shoes for a walk or a few miles on the stationary bike. Yet even though it seems like exercise might deplete your last remaining energy reserves, it's actually the best way to beat fatigue and feel refreshed.­

If you ignore your gym membership for long periods at a time, you'll face long-term energy loss as well. In addition to those extra pounds that will make moving around much harder, your muscles will weaken. This means that your body will have to work even harder at tasks that should be manageable, such as climbing stairs or walking a few blocks. What should be a simple walk across town will leave an out-of-shape person more fatigued than necessary. Someone who exercises regularly, however, will have more energy and find everyday errands a bit easier.

Additionally, exercise can help you with some of the other energy zappers on this list. For example, a brisk workout increases your chances of getting a replenishing night's sleep. It also helps the body tackle stress, a word that you may have noticed recurring on this list. And exercise releases endorphins into the body. These are chemicals that help a person feel good and more energized. These endorphins can assist you with the energy zapper on the next page.