Boost your energy naturally
Do you feel tired and run-down all the time? Do your days at work seem to drag on endlessly? Do you lack the stamina to finish your workouts, or worse, lack the energy to workout at all? It's no secret life is draining. Many of us find ourselves at one point or another throughout the week running on empty when we need a full tank to continue forth full speed ahead! How do we recharge our batteries when there is a constant drain on our resources? Next time you're feeling like you need a boost, instead of bee lining for a Red Bull or coffee, try one of these simple ways to power up!
- Don't skip breakfast. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, at least in terms of energy. Having a good, well-rounded meal in the morning will help wake you up and keep you fueled for the rest of the day.
- Stay on a regular sleep schedule. Adequate sleep can leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Try going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time to establish a routine.
- Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Avoid sugar-rich foods. Whole grains are good energy boosters as it provides slow and steady energy that helps in maintaining a balanced energy level. These foods contain vitamins and minerals that can give you a natural energy boost. But they don't contain simple carbohydrates or refined sugars that can slow you down.
- Eat more frequent, smaller meals, balancing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, dairy and good fats such as olive oil, avocados and nuts.
- Drink water. Fatigue may be a sign of dehydration. Did you know that moving around and about all day uses up the water your body needs to function? Drink a full glass of water to replenish your body and give yourself that needed energy boost. Remember, our bodies are 90% water. Think about that.
- Limit your fat intake. Too much fat in your diet wears down your digestive system. Reducing your fat intake means less weight gain and the slimmer you are the less you'll have to carry around, increasing your energy.
- Get more fresh air. Whatever you have to do, take a break at least three or four times a day, even for just a few minutes and go outside and get some fresh air.
- Exercise. Exercise regularly, as this relieves stress, revs up your heart and helps you sleep better at night, all of which can lead to more energy. When you exercise, your heart beats faster, your lungs take in more oxygen, and you improve circulation.
- Mineral deficiency can also lead to low energy level. So include protein, iron, magnesium, complex carb etc. in your diet.