- Post 06 January 2012
- By by Tony Burroughs, Special to the Defender
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With the Holiday season most people are feeling energized and pepped up as they are looking forward to all the festivities and celebrations. Now that the high from hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season is over all that vim and vigor might have given way to sluggishness and exhaustion.
If this sounds like you then you are not alone. Often times during the Holiday seasons we find ourselves shopping, cooking, taking care of family, traveling and much more and that doesn't include what we typically do on a daily basis. We try to do so much in such a short period of time that we over schedule and overextend ourselves. So it is no wonder that by the time that January rolls around we may feel wiped out and ready to go into hibernation.
In addition when we throw in all the Holiday foods that are typically low in nutrients and high in refined sugars fat we have a definite recipe for a food coma.
Not only that, but when you are tired, your immune system is weakened and more receptive to all kinds of ailments, such as cold and flu viruses, and even depression.
The recipe to combat this post Holiday Meltdown is pretty simple when put into play.
Exercise will play a key role in reviving those energy levels. It may be the last thing you feel like doing but you have to make the time for yourself no matter how tired you feel.
There is plenty of evidence indicating that physical activity is one of the best remedies to combat the after-holiday crash. One study, conducted a few years ago by the researchers at Georgia University, has revealed that even low-intensity workouts can reduce fatigue by 65 percent and boost energy levels up to 20 percent.
In order to get the most fatigue-busting benefits into your workout you should choose vigorous and brisk activities that will make your heart work harder than it does when you are inactive.
While you work out, your heartbeat increases and more oxygen-rich blood flows through the brain. As a result, you feel more energetic and invigorated.
Another key is to get the proper foods that will help boost your energy naturally. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats and dump the refined and processed foods. This will do wonders for your energy levels.
So if post- holiday "blahs" make you listless" a great workout session and good nutrition may be just what you need to recharge your batteries and rev up your engine for the New Year!