No matter who you are, at one time or another you’ve wished you had more energy. Having more energy can help prevent that “run-out-of-gas” feeling in the afternoon and help you to work more efficiently and effectively. It all starts with your lifestyle. Do you get only a few hours of sleep and expect to have energy the next day? Do you live a sedentary lifestyle and find you’re tired after minimum effort? Are you eating the foods that help boost your energy level or diminish it? Take an inventory of your life and see what needs to be changed.
Maybe it’s time to get physical.
When you’re busy throughout the day and moving, you might feel invigorated. Moving about helps get your circulation going and can boost your energy level. It’s because getting active sends nutrients and oxygen to every cell of the body. So instead of taking a nap, take a walk. However, if you find you have a lot of physical activity all at once, after being sedentary for years, you’ll get exhausted quickly. What’s the cure? Working out regularly will build your strength and endurance. You need adequate exercise on a regular basis to boost your energy level.
Examine at your diet.
Do you eat a lot of refined foods and food with added sugar? It could be your problem. When people get tired, they often reach for something sweet to boost their energy level. That’s the worst thing you can do! Sure, you’ll get a boost of energy for a few hours, but then you’ll come crashing down again and it will be even worse. Consuming fruits or a complex carb with protein or food high in fiber, can help level out your blood glucose and keep your energy high even longer. Changing to a healthy diet is the best way to keep energy levels high.
If you’re exhausted, do you reach for a cup of coffee or energy drink?
You’d be better off just opting for H2O. Too often people are mildly dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Mild dehydration can take the wind out of your sails and leave you exhausted. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. It’s also filling and has zero calories, so it can help with weight loss too. If you don’t like plain water, try some infused water, which is water that had fruit, herbs or vegetables in it and removed, to allow the flavors to saturate the water, without the extra calories.
- Maybe stress is your problem. Stress can cause hormonal imbalances that can also lead to depression and exhaustion. Exercise burns off stress, but so does meditation and breathing techniques.
- Get a social life. People who have an adequate social life often have more interests and stay more active. If you’ve made plans with others, you’re more apt to keep them and be more active, even when you don’t feel like it at first.
- Make sure you have good posture. Poor posture can require more energy doing everyday tasks. It also can make you feel less confident and even less energetic. Practice improving your posture and focus on core exercises.
- Not only will getting adequate sleep help you have more energy, but it can also help you lose weight. If you don’t get enough sleep, it reduces the hormone that makes you feel full and increases the one that makes you feel hungry.
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