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Always tired? Learn to fight fatigue

HOUSE OF LUX HQ | 12 September 2016

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Are you tired of feeling tired? It’s normal to feel worn out after an exhausting week at work, but if you’re always lethargic, your lifestyle could do with some healthy changes. Try these simple research-proven tips to fight fatigue and reclaim your energy now.

1. Take a James Bond shower

Our favourite secret agent 007 is known for ending his hot showers with an ice-cold blast of water. Well, it certainly sounds more doable than a full-on cold bath! Research on athletes shows that alternating between warm and cold water during a shower can help them feel less fatigue and even boost post-exercise recovery. So, go on, hit the shower and perk up with LUX Aqua Sparkle, which has invigorating citrus top notes. We’re sure you could do with a lemony mood booster!

2. Get moving!

It may seem counter-intuitive and not at all appealing to exercise when you’re beat and just want to slump on the sofa. You don’t have to do a lot – an easy post-dinner walk or light spinning on the exercise bike can do wonders.

A study from the University of Georgia found that low-intensity exercise can boost energy by 20 per cent and reduce fatigue by more than half. "Exercise is a way for people to feel more energetic. There's a scientific basis for it, and there are advantages to it compared to things like caffeine and energy drinks," says study co-author Professor Patrick O'Connor.

3. Watch cat videos

You don’t have to feel bad for spending precious minutes on cat videos. Recent research from Indiana University found that people feel more energetic and positive after watching cat-related online media than before. So yes, you can stave off incessant yawning by clicking on cute kitty videos on Facebook, YouTube, BuzzFeed or I Can Has Cheezburger. Not a cat person? We’re pretty sure adorable puppy videos might work just as well.

4. Enjoy a 10-minute siesta

If you’ve been keeping late nights and lacking sleep, a short afternoon nap can make a world of difference. Sleep expert Sara Mednick, in her book Take a Nap! Change Your Life, says that a short nap can boost your alertness and even improve the quality of your sleep at night.

In a study published in the journal Sleep, scientists observed the effects of naps lasting from five to 30 minutes, and concluded that a “10-minute nap was overall the most effective afternoon nap duration”. Those who took a 10-minute siesta felt more vigour and saw improvements in their cognitive performance. Double score!

5. Drink water regularly

About 60 per cent of our bodies are made up of water, so it makes perfect sense that we should stay hydrated to perform at our best. However, many of us are guilty of not drinking enough water, especially when we’re loaded with endless tasks.

Studies show that dehydration by as little as 1.5 per cent of body weight can affect your mood, energy level and ability to think clearly. Remind yourself to take water breaks by setting alarms on your smartphone. If you’ve been sitting at your desk for long hours, take the opportunity to stretch your legs, take deep breaths – also proven to boost energy – and rest your tired eyes.

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