ENERGY ERROR You dose yourself with ginseng
WHAT TO TRY INSTEAD Acupuncture
While ginseng is touted as a fatigue-buster, acupuncture is more likely to help. Watchdog group ConsumerLab.com found that many ginseng dietary supplements lack the ingre-dients they claim to con-tain. But in studies of can-cer patients’ fatigue, acupuncture has been shown to boost energy levels. “I’ve found it helps reg-ular patients as well,” says Andrew Heyman, MD, of the Univer-sity of Michigan Health System, in Ann Arbor. Patients typically begin with weekly treatments, then taper to once every one to four months for tune-ups. You may also want to look for a practitioner who can teach you acupressure, which involves stimulating acupuncture points with your fingers. One study found that students who did self-acupressure were less sleepy in class. To find a practitioner, go to nccaom.org/index.html.
ENERGY ERROR You skip exercise to save energy
WHAT TO TRY INSTEAD Push yourself
Expending effort actually increases how energetic you feel, and you don’t have to exercise especially hard to get the payoff. In a University of Georgia study published last year, researchers had 36 persistently tired people cycle on a stationary bike for a half hour, three times a week, for six weeks. The exercisers who worked out at a moderate pace or even at low intensity increased their energy by 20 percent, and afterward their feelings of fatigue decreased significantly.