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overstressed...

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 15:19
I am fighting off Fatigue so I haven't exercised... It takes all I have just to stay away through the day and take care of my family.... I want to exercise, I know that exercise will add energy, but I just don't have the strength to get out of my chair...
VIDiamond340

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 15:25
I totally can relate it might be easier if you try exercising first thing in the morning and try for 20 minutes a day.If your children are school age you may want to try early afternoon.One a day has a womens active metabolism vitamin which worked well for me when I was low on energy maybe it can help you..
jenlea73

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 17:30
Are you getting enough calories and protein and fat in your diet? Also, if you are eating alot of processed carbohydrates, those will zap your energy fast.
overstressed...

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 20:44
I am taking in 1500 calories a day... Some days it is REALLY hard to get that many in. Right now it is 9:40 pm and I am sitting at 881 calories... Sad I am not hungry... I can't take a lot of Vitamins because I can't have ANY Vitamin K, which makes it VERY hard to eat right.. I have a clotting disorder due to my Autoimmune Disease!!!
sararay

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Posted: 17 Jan 2012, 13:44
You might be tired because you aren't getting enough calories. I don't know what diet you are on, so it is hard to be specific, but focus on healthy fats and protein foods to up your calorie intake earlier in the day so you have energy.

I also have an autoimmune disease. Due to absorption issues I sometimes get low on iron even though it doesn't show up as severe anemia all of the time I still feel a severe drop in energy. I don't know if you have this problem, but you may need to talk to your doctor about specific reasons why you may be low in energy. It could be due to anemia, it could be a thyroid issue, there are many factors that can lead to that.

Also talk to your doctor about taking a B complex (no vitamin K) because they can boost your energy if taken earlier in the day.

Another suggestion is to make sure you get enough sleep for you. That may not be just 7-8 hours. You might need 9.

That is all I can think of. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Smile

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mikefarinha

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Posted: 17 Jan 2012, 13:47
Increasing exercise does not increase your energy level. I've been there and done that. You need to experiment and find the right quality & quanity of foods for your body.

-Mike
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gnat824

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Posted: 17 Jan 2012, 14:38
I think its pretty well documented that adding regular exercise to a sedentary lifestyle should help you to feel less lethargic. If you're already exercising regularly, then I'd agree that upping your exercise wouldn't do much for you.

I definitely agree on the sleep- I do best on 8-9 hours. You might want to keep a journal on when you feel the most fatigued, which may help point you to the cause. You might be looking at a blood sugar crash, you might be lacking in sleep, or if it's all the time, it might be a nutritional deficiency. Don't count out mental exhaustion, either- if you're overly stressed, some stress reduction or relaxation techniques might help.

Another suggestion would be to try exercising anyway- tell yourself you only have to do something for 10 minutes, then if you're still tired you can stop. Most of the time, though, you'll keep at it once you get started. I'm not talking an all-out, push yourself to the point of collapse workout- just a moderate intensity, get the blood pumping workout. Often, by the time I get done with one of these, I'll find I have energy to do other stuff around the house that I wouldn't have done if I had just come home and sat on the couch and I'll actually sleep better that night too. If you have trouble getting up out of your chair, then don't sit down to begin with. When I go to the gym after work, my rule is no sitting down except to put on my shoes. Walk in the door, change clothes, grab the water bottle and go!
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