Having a high level of energy and vitality is something we should all have because that's the way our bodies were built. They have an amazing array of muscle groups and four strong limbs that were designed specifically to allow us to move around, perform tasks, to work and to play. Coupled to a digestive and metabolic system that enables us to extract nutrients from the food we eat in order to build up those muscles and energy so that we can use them for longer, our bodies are truly amazing pieces of engineering.
The problem with many people is that they have allowed their lifestyle or their work choices to suppress their body's needs in that direction and so those bodies become unfit through lack of use. The people who get into this position still eat as much as usual, meaning that while they are providing their bodies with all the energy they need to work hard, the lack of work means most of that energy is not used. It doesn't get wasted, but gets stored up for later use in fat cells.
That leads to further problems because the more fat that gets stored as unused energy, the more overweight the person gets. The knock-on problems that stem from that situation are even lower levels of fitness, more lethargy and tiredness, lack of energy and the susceptibility for contracting more illnesses through a depressed immune system. Problems such as type 2 diabetes creep up on the unsuspecting overweight person and they find they also have problems with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, leading to a greater risk of stroke and heart attack.
Avoiding Health Problems
The way to avoid the health problems that come with all this lack of energy through lack of exercise is to simply make certain changes to your lifestyle. It means getting up out of your chair and doing some exercise each day.
Many people think that they need to change their diet and everything will be all right. While a change of diet to a healthier way of eating is certainly beneficial, it is not the whole answer to mounting health problems.
Exercise is Vital
Dieting alone will only restrict the amount of energy coming into the body, while slowing or even reversing the onset of obesity. But to make an effective change to the body as a whole, exercise is vital. That is because it is only through exercise that the muscles can be strengthened and forced to use more energy, while also being forced to grow in mass.
The more muscle tissue a body contains, the more energy it will use when at work. It therefore makes sense to build up the body's volume of muscle tissue and then to exercise it as much as possible to make it use all of the energy that is coming into the body through the food you eat, while demanding more energy which must be supplied from its store of fat.
This is essentially "burning" fat to enable the muscles to continue working. The benefits to the body are a better shape or figure through the tightening up and "toning" of the muscles, with reduced stores of fat. Over time, the problem with type 2 diabetes will diminish and in many cases disappear altogether, along with the problems of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
All of this takes time and should not be rushed. Weight loss will result but it will happen slowly and gradually over time. This is desirable because it allows the body to become accustomed to its reducing weight and fat to muscle ratio while not suffering any ill effect due to over-work or excessively restrictive dieting. Vitality levels will rise and you will feel more energetic, less tired and lethargic and be healthier overall.
Please take some time to read some of the associated articles in this section on vitality and how you can increase yours.