Exercising is a vital thing for the human body, and it has so many positive effects that it’s hard to keep track. From helping you stay physically fit to improving mental health, exercise truly is a lifestyle all-rounder. When you’re doing all of this work though, it seems logical that you’re going to feel a little more tired than usual. You’re using a lot of energy every time you work out, after all. But at the end of the day, does exercise make you tired?

Short-term

Woman exercising with dumbbells

Your energy levels will be affected more in the short term rather than long-term. Exercising, as we said above, uses a lot of calories. Those are calories that could be fuelling the rest of your day, right? Well, not so much. Your body uses around 70% of the calories that you need a day just by resting. The movement and actions you take throughout your day actually don’t use that much energy. It’s quite baffling, but it’s true!

Energy

What exercise does do though, is help you burn some extra calories that you have stored away, and that’s how weight loss works. As you need to be using more calories, your body looks for other fuel sources, like fat. This fat is broken down and used as fuel, and just like that, your energy levels aren’t’ really affected. In fact, the endorphin rush and stimulation of cells makes you feel way more energised! A win-win situation!

Long-term

Two women looking happy in the gym

The long-term effects need to be looked at too before concluding whether exercise makes you tired. Multiple factors come into play that can open your eyes and help you to find the benefits.

Attitude

Firstly, a good solid exercise routine can do amazing things for your mood. There are several mental benefits that exercise has to offer, but when looking at how it affects your tiredness, there are two leading factors to think about. Exercise is an incredibly satisfying part of life. The fact that you are doing good things for your body and getting these short-term effects will give you an overall happier attitude. You’ll also be more motivated to keep up these actions that are making you happier and more energised, keeping the ball rolling!

Sleep

Outside of the direct impact of exercising itself though, you also have to look at how exercise has an indirect effect too. The more excess energy you burn throughout the day, the more likely you are to sleep better. Exercising is also a great way to deal with stress and anxiety in your daily life so that you can drift off to sleep much easier at night without an overactive mind or too much energy. That’s right, exercise makes you sleep! And when you have a better night’s sleep, you’re less tired the next day, and even more likely to actually want to do more exercise!

It’s clear that exercising can have a positive impact on your quality of life that goes beyond helping you stay in shape. Being active every day will help you get a restful night’s sleep and burn off some of that excess energy, as well as improve your mood. So now it is safe to say that in the long-term exercise will help you feel more energised, especially in the long-run!

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