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Too Tired To Exercise? Low-Intensity Exercise Edges Out Fatigue Without Sweat

April 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments ·
 
 

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Most people prefer to stay at home after long day of work. Excuse like “I am too tired to exercise” is common. However, seldom they know that a low intensity workout plan may help boost their energy level instead of making them exhausted.

A new study done by University of Georgia researchers found that three sessions per week of cycling a stationary bike at mild pace for about 25 minutes is enough to shake fatigue. Contrary to common belief, regular exercise has gone a long way in making people to feel more energetic. Source.

The researchers got 36 volunteers who did not exercise regularly and had reported persistent fatigue based. The volunteers were divided into three groups: The first engaged in 20 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise 3 times a week for 6 weeks. The second engaged in low-intensity aerobic exercise for the same time period. The control group did not exercise.

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Surprisingly, the low-intensity group had a greater reduction in fatigue levels than the moderate-intensity group, 65 percent compared to 49 percent, respectively. It could be that moderate-intensity exercise is too much for people who are already fatigued. A low intensity is good enough.

So, when you are exhausted, instead of taking coffee or energy drink, go do some exercise, even at low intensity.

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4 responses so far ↓
  • Stephanie @ Momentum // Apr 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    My only concern with this is that there are a lot more health benefits to moderate to intense workouts that might be missed by people who switch to low intensity workouts after reading this study

  • Shane // Apr 22, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Great post!
    I agree, working out regularly makes me feel much more energized. I still fall for the “too tired…” excuse in my head from time to time, though.

    I guess low intensity training in the morning would be ideal, in addition to some higher-intensity training later in the day (on certain days, anyway).

  • Ross // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    This post tells us what we have known for years! Doing exercise invigorates you and makes you feel wide awake!

    I force myself to go for runs after work and by the end of the run I have shaken off the office worker daze and feel on top of the world!

  • Mark // Aug 24, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    We don’t live in a perfect world.

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