We’ve all been there: You’re coming off of a busy work day where you didn’t feel like you had a chance to breathe, let alone sit down, and you’re totally spent. But, nagging at you is the fact that you didn’t get a workout in this morning. So do you succumb to the exhaustion and a Netflix binge or do you push yourself to hit the gym? While some studies have demonstrated that regular exercise can help combat fatigue over time, we need to take a step back and ask ourselves this first: WHY are we so tired? Part of the reason we’re more taxed now is because our bodies are still functioning like our ancient ancestors’. Our evolution hasn’t caught up to our 2018 lifestyle and our daily environments reflect that:
- We’re not getting enough sleep.
- We’re exposed to artificial lights ALL THE TIME (yes, screens count!).
- We’re not listening to our bodies’ internal clocks, instead relying on our phones and watches to tell us what’s next.
- Yoga, especially restorative yoga. These practices consider recovery part of the workout, and focus on mindfulness, which can drive stress hormones down.
- Interval training. Again, recovery time is built in here, so your body can rest in between full-out sessions.
- Walking. Just a gentle stroll can do wonders for mind and body without the added stress.