A Healthy Energy Boost

01.02.13

Tired of that 2:30pm feeling? Don’t want to drink another cup of coffee or one of those 5-hour energy drinks? Here are some ways to wake up and help you through the rest of the day!

 

Grab a healthy snack

Feeling tired? Grab a glass of water and some fruits or veggies!

First things first: drink a glass of water. This will boost your energy and keep you from dehydration, in turn, keeping you from feeling tired. When choosing foods, remember that carbs give a quick pick-me-up, protein keeps energy up, and fat helps the energy last. Fruits and veggies, peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yogurt with a handful of nuts are all great food choices.  When choosing a carb, whole grains are a good source of energy and will last longer than the initial and quickly-fleetly burst of energy that comes from sweet food.

**Fun fact: apples wake you up just as much as coffee!

 

Pump Those Arms!

Exercise and movement can help wake the body up when feeling drowsy

Increasing physical activity increases energy and gets the blood pumping and the body warmed up. It helps to get your mind off whatever your working on and the change in scenery can help give you a new perspective on what’s going on and help re-energize you. The key is to breath a little harder and move the muscles.

**Good mini-works: power walking, stairs, jump rope, and squats

 

Get some Zzz’s

Power naps can help give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day

Too much on your mind and a lack of sleep is definitely not a good combination! Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep per night (most adults need 7 hours) to ensure your body gets the rest it needs. Power naps up to 60 minutes are also a good way to get an extra boost of energy during the day. Whatever you do, when you wake up, don’t hit the snooze button! If your body falls back into a deep sleep, you will be even more tired the second (and third, and fourth, …) time you wake up!

 

Stress less

A smile really can make the world brighter … and give you more energy!

Stress is one of the most energy-sucking problems we face in life. If you are constantly mentally and physically exhausted and anxious, your body will suffer, causing your energy levels to be too low. Find healthy ways to de-stress, such as taking a nap, doing something you enjoy, exercising, and maintaining a positive attitude. The more you can relax and enjoy life, the more energy you will have as a result of the low stress levels.

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