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Rev Up Your Energy

If you just can't seem to get yourself going during the day, chances are you're being robbed by one or more of these four energy thieves.

Energy Thief No. 4: Diseases and Drugs continued...

Obesity is also associated with heart disease and diabetes, medical conditions that have fatigue as a symptom. Other illnesses that can cause low energy include thyroid disease, arthritis, lung disease, and depression. The tiredness usually ebbs with proper management of the illness, says Fields. Talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Be aware, however, that certain medications can have fatigue as a side effect. Some common culprits are high blood pressure pills called beta-blockers, sleep aids, antiseizure drugs, migraine drugs, and antihistamines.

To clear up the problem, talk to your doctor about the possibility of reducing dosage or substituting the medicine with a similar drug.

Taking Back Your Energy

No matter how resilient the human body, disease, drugs, abuse, and neglect can lead to a sluggish system. To obtain and sustain high-quality energy, it is important to take the time to plan your sources of power.

"Your energy has got to be your first priority," says Jon Gordon, author of Energy Addict: 101 Mental, Physical, & Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life. "If you have no energy, you have no life. If you have no energy, you have no career. If you have no energy, you can't make a difference."

Planning for your energy involves thinking about your meals, sleep hours, workout schedule, and stress management ahead of time and making time for them. Also make time to see your doctor on a regular basis. Making good choices will not only boost your energy, it will rejuvenate your life.

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Reviewed on July 17, 2009

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