Hey there!

First off I wanted to say a big thank you for all your kind words on my last post! The amount of support I have received from people in my life, whether I know them in person or from the blogging world, has been incredible. Knowing so many people have got my back makes those cranky and sleep-deprived days far less miserable 😉

As tired as I’ve been feeling these last few weeks months, something that I have been firm about not letting go of is my regular exercise. There have been days where my workout was far more half-assed than I would have liked, and there were phases where I went through some real fitness ruts. But I’m always preaching the benefits physical activity has when it comes to your energy levels, and this is something I totally walk the walk with.

Case in point: I’m a huge nature nerd, and early last week I found out the larch trees in my favourite provincial park had turned golden. If you aren’t familiar with larch trees, they’re trees that grow in the alpine that look similar to evergreen trees, but for a few weeks in late September/early October they turn a bright golden orange. You can find them approximately 10km into a fairly strenuous hike up Frosty Mountain.

Making the three hour drive to the park, spending the night, and then hiking all day before driving back home seemed like a fantastic idea early last week when I was fresh and rested. But after multiple late nights and 4am wakeup calls, by the time Saturday rolled around I wasn’t so sure I had made a good idea. Sundays are my day to relax and unwind! What the heck was I doing planning a 22km hike?!

Turns out that despite being as exhausted as I was, that 22km hike was just what I needed. Sure, I was complaining about my legs being tired by the last hour, and I may have been asleep before 7pm on Sunday night 😉 But being out in nature, without any wifi or cell service, without any to-do lists, without any distractions, and being surrounded by this:

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made me feel totally recharged and ready to take on the upcoming weeks. Yesterday I found my insane to-do list was far less intimidating, and I didn’t want to curl up in a ball and hide at the thought of all the big new scary tasks I had to accomplish. I felt energized and ready for whatever life has in store for me!

Now I’m not suggesting you go hike 22km up a mountain the next time you feel low in energy, but I AM suggesting you make a point of getting at least some physical activity into your day. This could be a quick bodyweight circuit, a brisk walk outdoors, or 5 minutes of yoga interspersed into your work day. Especially during these months where our daylight hours become less and less and we tend to enter hibernation mode.

It seems counterintuitive, but there are three ways in which exercise can boost your energy levels when you’re feeling a little lacking in that department.

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1. Exercise releases endorphins.

You know, those happy little hormones that make you feel all good inside? Endorphins can help ease discomfort caused by aches and pains, something those suffering from arthritis tend to experience more of this time of the year. They also boost our moods and reduce feelings of fatigue. Both gentle and more vigorous forms of exercise cause a nice little endorphin rush.

2. Exercise improves your sleep. 

While the impact exercise has on our sleep is not always apparent right away, numerous studies have shown that consistent exercise over the long-term has a positive effect on our ability to have a deep sleep. You can find some of these studies in this post. Deeper sleep means more energy the following morning!

3. Exercise gives us a reason to engage in things we enjoy. 

When you’re looking at exercise from an energizing standpoint, try to pick activities you enjoy. When you’re training for weight loss or a specific sport there may be times you’ll have to engage in a speedwork session or HIIT circuit you’re not a huge fan of, but if you’re exercising solely for the purpose of giving yourself a natural energy boost, do what makes you feel happiest and most alive!

Love doing yoga? Find a sequence on YouTube and practice in your living room after a tough day. Feel recharged after being in nature? Get outside for a hike! Feel most alive after a night of dancing? Grab some girlfriends and sign up for salsa lessons. The physical activity world is your oyster!

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It’s important to remember that when looking at exercise from an energizing standpoint, we want to find something that makes us put in a bit of work without overdoing it. If you’re feeling even more exhausted afterwards, you may have chosen something a bit too high on the intensity scale.

How about you? What do you like to do when you feel you need an energy boost?

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  • Mar @ Mar on the Run
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    great post! I live in the city so pretty close to a lot of stores. When I am feeling low energy I throw on my running shoes and walk my errands. Yesterday I made it 3 miles just walking around the hood and I felt great!

    • Ariana
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      That’s awesome! All those steps definitely add up.

  • Lindsey
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    Great post. I need to exercise for many reasons, but sleeping better is for sure at the top of my list!

    • Ariana
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      I agree! The sleep-boosting benefits are amazing 😀

  • Shannon
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    The boost of energy I get after working out is so good and makes working out worth it! I just need to remember that after feeling for some motivation!

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    • Ariana
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      Definitely! It can be tough to remember that at times.

  • Isabel
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    • Ariana
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      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kristen
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    Those trees look awesome! And I’ve done similar things to this, and I find that being outside in nature just recharges me so much. It’s sometimes hard to push myself out the door when I’m exhausted but it’s so worth it when you get to spend time in nature!

  • Jenn
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    So glad you’re doing better!

    I’ll be honest, sometimes a good nap is just the thing to help me get my mojo going 🙂 However, I love how a good walk or run can make me feel, just as much.

    • Ariana
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      Haha yes, nothing beats a good old nap 😉

  • Marcia
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    I totally agree: exercise is so energizing. It’s so great when we get in the habit of doing it regularly.

    • Ariana
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      Yup! It’s much easier to maintain habits than to start new ones.

  • Reply

    I always say that lacing up your shoes is really the hardest part. Once you are out there, you get those endorphins flowing and you are good to go!

    • Ariana
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      It really is! Sometimes we just need to kick our butts out the door 😉

  • Reply

    I exercise in the morning, and I always feel like I get a bigger boost from that vs. coffee. It’s the best way to start my day.

    • Ariana
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      I agree! I do love my coffee though 😉

  • Reply

    This is great! Exercise has so many benefits but yes – I definitely feel like I sleep better after a tough workout! I love the endorphins I get in a group fitness class!

  • MCM Mama Runs
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    Yep, when I’m feeling low energy, I need to move. Sometimes that just means doing some chores around the house and going up and down the stairs, but other times I’ll just go for a short run or quick bike ride. I always feel so much better afterwards.

    • Ariana
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      I agree! Movement is awesome; it doesn’t always have to be scheduled exercise!

  • Toni
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    Great post! Exercise is amazing! The benefits just go on and on and on! The endorphins are so addicting, in a good way.

    • Ariana
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      The best kind of addiction 😉

  • jill conyers
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    All great reasons to exercise and it just feels too good not to.

    • Ariana
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      Totally!

  • Farrah
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    Thank you for this! <3 I've been so exhausted lately, and reallyyyy need to go exercise!

    (And oh, salsa lessons, how I miss those! <3)

    • Ariana
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      Even just a brisk walk will do the trick! Salsa will be there waiting for you when the craziness is over 😉

  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak
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    being out in nature with no cell service actually sounds awesome. I’ve never been on a real hike before, definitely something I want to do. Maybe then I’ll move onto biking on trails but I haven’t biked in years lol. These are all great reasons to exercise! I know that it boosts your energy yet I still can’t get up in the morning to run lol

  • Reply

    That’s what I’m always telling my mom. She is so so so tired because she sits at work all day and then does nothing. No movement! But when she takes a walk during her lunch break she says she feels better…well of course!

    • Ariana
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      It’s so tough for individuals who aren’t used to regular exercise. That’s why it’s up to people like us to keep encouraging them to get into it! 🙂

  • Alex
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    Very true. After a good work out I always feel happy & energized. And chosing a workout you enjoy helps also with repeating it 😉

  • XX, Will Travel
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    Exercise is my anti-depressant! Thanks for reminding me why it’s so important to get off the couch – even when I don’t want to.

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