Vitamin C can give you the energy to exercise

You know, one of the most common excuses I hear from people who don't exercise isn't that they don't have the time.

It's that they don't have the energy.

It's a vicious cycle, of course, because regular exercise will give you the energy to keep at it. And the longer you go without exercise, the harder it will be to find the strength to get started.

So let me offer a little help.

There's a potent little antioxidant that everyone's heard of that can help increase your energy levels so you can get out and get moving.

It's plain old vitamin C.

Take 1,000 mg a day, and you could get the energy you need to get started on that long-delayed exercise program.

In one new study, 28 healthy young men between the ages of 18 and 35 were given either 1,000 mg of vitamin C per day or a placebo. Over 8 weeks, men on the C supplements got 40 percent more activity -- and it's because they reported having more energy.

See how easy that is?

Oxidative stress damages your cells and can cause or contribute to chronic health problems -- and the most immediate sign of that oxidative stress is fatigue.

C fights the stress and chases fatigue away.

It's a small study on young men, but I believe most people would see similar benefits.

And if the strength to get moving isn't enough of a motivator, how about this: The same study finds C can help prevent the common cold and decrease the duration of the illness by 59 percent if you do get sick.

The 1,000 mg per day used in the new study is an excellent starting point (although some people may need more). If you find a single dose upsets your stomach, try taking smaller doses throughout the day instead.