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Only little exercise also causes fatigue

door Floris Biesemans op Feb 21, 2023

Have you noticed lately that you feel tired even though you haven't done much physical exercise? If you live a sedentary lifestyle and don't exercise much, you may be surprised to learn that this can contribute to feelings of fatigue. Even if you don't actively exercise or engage in physically strenuous activities, having a sedentary lifestyle can lead to feelings of fatigue and lethargy. In this blog, we will explore why little exercise and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to fatigue and what steps you can take to gain more energy and vitality.

Doing nothing is getting tired

Although it may seem contradictory, a day of doing completely nothing can actually cause you to feel tired. This is because exercise and physical activity are important for blood circulation and increasing metabolism, which in turn contributes to increased energy and vitality. In addition, regular physical activity helps improve sleep quality, meaning you sleep deeper and feel more rested when you wake up.
The amount of exercise needed to reduce fatigue can vary depending on individual factors such as age, health and lifestyle. However, it is generally recommended that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week, along with muscle-strengthening exercises on a regular basis. This can be accomplished through activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or strength training.
It is also important to limit sedentary time during the day. Long periods of sitting are associated with fatigue and a higher risk of various health problems. Try to get up and move around regularly, and consider using a standing desk or doing some light exercise while at work.

A standing desk

So since getting enough exercise during the day can help for less fatigue instead of more, we introduce the standing desk for you. A standing desk is a type of desk designed to allow people to work while standing rather than sitting. Some of the benefits of a standing desk are:
  1. Burning calories: When you stand, you burn more calories than when you sit. This can help maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.
  2. Reduced back pain: Prolonged sitting can lead to back pain, but working while standing can reduce lower back strain and reduce back pain.
  3. Improved blood circulation: When you sit for long periods of time, the blood in your legs and feet can build up and lead to swelling and discomfort. Working standing promotes better blood circulation and reduces this risk.
  4. Improved concentration and productivity: When you stand, your body can feel more alert and energized, which can help improve concentration and productivity while working.
  5. Reduced risk of disease: Studies have shown that prolonged sitting is associated with an increased risk of various diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Working while standing can reduce your risk of these diseases.

Other alternatives to getting enough daily exercise

If you don't want to work at a standing desk all day, there are several alternatives you can consider to get enough exercise during your workday:
  1. Walking: Try taking a walk every day during your lunch break. This can help burn calories and improve circulation.
  2. Standing meetings: Instead of sitting during meetings, suggest standing. This can improve concentration and alertness, while also burning more calories than if you were sitting.
  3. Do exercises: You can do various exercises during your workday to promote blood circulation and strengthen muscles. This can range from simple stretching exercises to a short workout, for example.
  4. Sit-sta desk: A sit-sta desk is one where you can adjust the height so that you can choose between working standing or sitting. By alternating regularly between standing and sitting, you can reduce the strain on your body.
  5. Cycling: If you have the opportunity, consider biking to work. This can help burn calories and improve overall fitness.

Do you sometimes suffer from fatigue? Then read the blog "Fatigue, what can you do about being tired?".

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