In our high pressured society it’s easy to feel as if your energy is lacking, and you are certainly not alone. “Energy” shots, drinks and products saturate the TV airwaves, supposedly delivering a boost in energy for a specific amount of time only to make you feel jittery and sluggish for the rest of the day. These same so-called “energy” products are chocked full of caffeine, sugar and other made in laboratory chemicals with no long term studies on their affects on the human body. Bottom line with all these products: stay away!
There are many things you can do to increase your everyday energy, without compromising your health.
1) Eat a healthy snack between meals
Eating a healthy snack between meals will keep your metabolism and energy revved up, and you’ll be burning calories. Remember that a higher metabolism results in increased energy and increased fat loss.
2) Drink water
Water transports nutrients, carries away waste, and hydrates cells throughout our bodies. Make sure you drink adequate liquids each day and make sure they are of the H2O variety.
3) Start the day with a good breakfast.
Drop the fattening sugary cereal and bacon. Look for a breakfast that contains complex carbohydrates, your body’s principal energy source. Then add a serving of your favorite fruit for a tasty wake-up. Since the body’s metabolism is low immediately after waking up, a good breakfast increases your metabolism, thereby increasing your energy level.
4) Get moving
Many of us hold a lot of muscular tension in our bodies. Constant muscular tension is very exhausting on the body. One dose of physical activity can do wonders. Although it may seem contradictory, expending energy can actually increase your energy. Exercise relieves muscular tension and releases endorphins, your “feel good chemicals”. It also, boosts the efficiency of your heart and lungs making daily physical tasks less tiring. Exercise also provides you with an outlet for stress relief.
5) Get your sleep on
Most Americans do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. In fact, one-third of Americans sleep less than 7 hours a night. When we don’t get adequate sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to “pay back” if it becomes too big. This leaves you feeling constantly tired and sluggish, longing for the weekend to sleep in and catch up on your sleep.
According to sleep doctors, in order to improve sleep, one should always go to sleep at the same time each night, including on weekend nights. Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bedtime and do not consumer caffeine after 4 PM.
Try these easy to implement tips and get your energy back!