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Exercise is good for you; that’s not news to anybody (at least it shouldn’t be). One of the problems with exercise is that it takes a lot of energy, and if you can’t stay energized during your workout, then that means you can’t keep working out. You aren’t going to have perfect energy levels during every workout, but there are still some things you can do to give yourself an edge. Here are some tips, taken from a post I read recently on the site Popsugar:

Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated is one of the most essential rules for keeping up your energy. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your work. Dehydration is related to fatigue, faintness, and dizziness.  

Don’t overdo it: When you watch a show like “The Biggest Loser” and see Jillian Michaels scream at contestants to keep going while every part of their body hurts, it seems like a good idea to keep going no matter what. But you don’t need to spend hours every day in the gym to get results, but in reality, the trick is simply having a smart, well planned-out workout. One trick is to keep things mixed up: do short bursts of high-intensity workouts followed by something of lower intensity. This can leave you feeling energized.

Do it early: Many of the world’s most successful and well-known business moguls swear by waking up early. If you can, try to pull a leaf from their book, and wake up early to work out in the morning.  You won’t feel as tired from the workday, and will have a boost of energy for the rest of the day.

Drink some coffee: Caffeine helps you both burn more calories during exercise and give you a strong burst of energy. If you drink a smoothie before your workout, add some coffee.  

Enjoy yourself: You’ll be less likely to get anything out of your workouts if you don’t enjoy them.  There are all sorts of workouts you can do, so it’s easier to find one that you enjoy. If you love it, then you’ll feel more energized and enthusiastic about it.  

Get rest: Recovery and proper rest play a huge part in maintaining your energy during, before, and after your workout. Give yourself rest, and don’t stick to a plan because you feel obliged to.