Prolonged mental or physical effort, long work days and shifting schedules can all induce fatigue. And that certainly won’t help your fitness routine (or work), so consider a few strategies for reducing fatigue.
Drink water. Water promotes oxygen flow to the brain and thereby promotes alertness. No water cooler at the office? Buy your own personal bottle and hit it every hour. Be sure to fill it with water and not your cocktail of choice.
Breathe. Fatigue brings on shallow breathing. Take several deep, diaphragm breathes every 10 minutes through the time of greatest fatigue.
Stretch. Big muscle movements and stretches get blood flowing and that all-important oxygen moving to the brain. Brisk walking on the spot for even one or two minutes is ideal, but there are many sitting and standing movements which are equally effective.
Turn on the light. Light signals our bodies to be awake and alert, but it must be high-intensity light. Modern technology has provided us with portable lighting systems which mimic this light and can be installed pretty easily.
Nap. If you can overcome the “we pay you to work and not sleep” attitude at your office, a little nap will result in measurable improvements in alertness.
Sniff. Both peppermint and lemon scents promote alertness. There are several ways that you can use scents and oils at the office and at home.
Drink Tea. As simple as it may sound, having a cup of hot tea is a great pick-me-up. Choose one of the many non-caffeine varieties and enjoy.
Contributing blogger Troy Meyers is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner with more than 10 years of experience. He owns Atlanta-based JockBoyLocker.com and contributes to the site’s Lockerroom Blog.