Couch potatoes who complain they are tired all the
time have an easy solution — low impact exercise.
Regular, low-intensity workouts such as a leisurely
stroll can boost energy levels by 20 percent and
decrease fatigue by 65 percent, a team at the
University of Georgia found.
“Too often we believe that a quick workout will leave
us worn out, especially when we are already feeling
fatigued,” Tim Puetz, who helped conduct the study,
said in a statement.
“However, we have shown that regular exercise can
actually go a long way in increasing feelings of
energy, particularly in sedentary individuals.”
Puetz and a team led by Patrick O’Connor at the
University’s Exercise Psychology Laboratory studied
36 people who did not exercise regularly and who
said they were always fatigued.
They were divided into three groups. One did 20
minutes of moderately intense exercise on an exercise
bike three times a week for six weeks, the second
did similar workouts but at a much more leisurely
pace and the third did no exercise.
The low impact and moderate impact groups had a 20
percent increase in energy levels over the non-
exercisers, the researchers reported in the journal
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
To their surprise, the researchers found the low
impact intensity group reported better reduction
in fatigue than those who worked out harder.
“It could be that moderate impact intensity exercise
is too much for people who are already fatigued and
that might contribute to them not getting as great
an improvement as they would had they done the low
impact intensity exercise,” O’Connor said in a
“A lot of people are overworked and not sleeping
enough,” he said. “Exercise is a way for people
to feel more energetic. There’s a scientific basis
for it and there are advantages to it compared to
things like caffeine and energy drinks.”
Many studies have shown that low impact exercise
can boost energy, especially over time. O’Connor’s
team published a report in 2006 showing that exercise
can reduce fatigue in patients with cancer, heart
disease and other medical problems. This study
looked at people whose fatigue did not seem to be
associated with any medical condition
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research
scientist at the pH Miracle Living Center, stated,
“low impact intensity exercise is less stressful
and will increase blood and lymphatic circulation.
It is important to increase blood and lymphatic
circulation in order to remove dietary and metabolic
acids out of the tissues and blood through sweating
and urination. This in turn keeps the body healthy
One of the best forms of low impact intensity
exercising is through whole body vibration.
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According to Dr. Young, “you have to sweat and
pee your way to health and fitness.”