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Spending Energy to Have More Energy: What Does the Science Tell Us?


It might seem backwards to think expending energy through physical activity actually gives your body more energy, but the research backs it up. 

A recent study found that people who regularly engage in physical activity (adults need 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week), on average, reported higher levels of energy than those who don’t. Even happier news? Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing promotes the release of feel-good chemicals (like endorphins) within the brain, boosting your energy and allowing you to feel upbeat. An added bonus: physical activity also helps reduce the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) circulating in the body.

So if you’re looking “beat the burnout”, then get active and make physical activity a key part of your routine. Snowball fight, anyone? Making physical activity a can be easier and more fun than you think. Even if getting pelted with balls of snow isn’t your thing, there are a ton of other fun ways to make sure you are getting active...

Take Care of Your Body

You don’t need fancy athletic equipment or an online yoga class to get active. Throw a dance party while at home or build a snow fort in the yard with the family. Every single active minute counts and will help you get the added kick of energy to push forward in your day.

...And Your Mind

While most Canadians are aware of what physical activity can do for their body, the impact it can have on our mental health is sometimes forgotten. As previously mentioned, when you get moving, your brain releases feel-good chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin), leaving you feeling positive and revitalized. Try some activities such as Tai chi, yoga or Pilates as perfect ways to get moving, breathing and stretching. 

Reconnect with Nature

Sure, you’re going to need the proper attire, but come on, we are a winter-loving nation after all, aren’t we? Embrace your inner Canuck by hiking, going for bike ride (snow tires on, of course) or even slap on the skis and go cross-country skiing. Whatever activity you choose, it will help you keep those energy levels optimized.

This winter, it’s perhaps more important than ever to do what we can to not only be active, but to embrace the outdoors and engage with nature. Aside from helping us keep moving during a somewhat stressful time of year, it will also help keep energy levels primed and stress down, helping both your physical and mental health.

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Gloria Atkinson
Gloria has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Her background training and qualifications are extremely diverse, including Post Secondary education at Sheridan College and Florida State University (Athletic Scholarship). She's a OFC Certified; Group Fitness Instructor and a Personal Trainer, Pilates (Mat and Reformer) and Yoga instructor. Gloria's a Certified Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), a ROHP (Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner), and so much more! Glo believes that instead of thinking of dissatisfaction as something bad and pushing the feeling away, we should welcome it. In fact, dissatisfaction is one of the most powerful ways our subconscious nudges us to make a change, our inner being gently telling us to go for more.