Wednesday, May 13, 2020

5 Ways to Boost Energy....Natrually!

We are deep into a pandemic that has rocked most of our worlds. With no gym access, working from home, schooling from home, anxiety at an all time high and maybe eating things we normally would avoid in the name of stress-eating, our energy levels can take a dip. So what is a person to do to get a bounce back in their step? There’s a lot you can do…check out these natural energy boosters without the caffeine, sugary energy drinks/snacks or naps!
  1. Exercise for energy. Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn’t make you tired, it actually builds energy within your body at the cellular level. So get off the couch or skip the nap and take a walk, run, swim, lift weights, play Dance Dance Revolution, whatever it takes to move your body. Just 10 minutes, can give you the boost that you need. So while waiting for dinner to cook, burst into some jumping jacks, take a speedy walk around your house or block, or check out E.H. Fitness' no-contact or virtual personal training options. Just get moving…even if you don’t feel like it (especially if you don’t feel like it!2.
  2. Eat for energy. You might get a quick energy boost from that handful of M&Ms or a chocolate chip cookie, but you will crash and burn just as quick. So fuel your body to keep you energized all day long. Eat healthy carbs such as hummus and veggies, an apple with almond butter or even a bowl of oatmeal with berries. Having some protein with every meal or snack is a big help too: think almonds, tuna, chicken, turkey, walnuts, natural peanut butter and tofu. Your body is an engine of sorts; you power it by providing high grade gasoline when you eat well.
  3. Drink for energy. Ditch the “energy drinks,” caffeinated beverages and cocktails and drink water…a lot of water. And by a lot, I mean drink half your body weight in oz of water. For example. If you weigh 150 lbs, you would aim to drink at least 75 oz of water per day. One of the major symptoms of dehydration is fatigue, so when you are feeling tired or sleepy, especially in the middle of the day, chug a glass of water.
  4. Breathe for energy. Literally, take a breather. Just sit and take 5-10 deep breaths. Stress can cause us to fatigue mentally and emotionally which can manifest as physical exhaustion…so take a seat, inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly and completely. 
  5. Sleep for energy. Studies show that getting less than 6 hours of sleep leaves us WAY less than 100% not only mentally and physically but energy-wise as well. So get at least 7 hours of sleep and really shoot for 8 for optimal energy. Also, going to bed and waking up at the same time every night and day will help with energy dips. Sweet Dreams!

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