5 Healthy Energy-Boosting Tips
We’ve all had those moments when we feel like we don’t have enough energy to make it through the day. Quite often unfortunately, we turn to unhealthy avenues to give us the boost we need to get us through.
More times than not, this course of action leaves us feeling worse and with less energy in the long run and, well, it wasn’t good for us. So, the damage done goes well beyond the crash. What can you do to get energy the natural way without doing damage to your health? Here are some tips to help you get the boost you need?
Work it out
Taking time to incorporate physical activity into your day when you start to lag can really get you on the right track and boost your energy. An Elan University study found a five to 10 percent improvement in cognitive function for those who hit the gym. Another study by Robert Thayer, Ph.D., at California State University, found that a brisk 10-minute walk not only increases energy, but the effects last up to two hours!
Hit the trails
Getting out into nature is a great way to increase energy and heighten your overall sense of well-being. Think about it; where do you have more energy, inside your office walls or out in the great open spaces? Studies suggest the very presence of nature helps to ward off feelings of exhaustion and that 90 percent of people report increased energy when doing outdoor activities.
You’ve probably heard that we often confuse signals of hunger and thirst – reaching for a burger when what our body really needs is a glass of water. Did you know thirst can also mask itself as being tired or having low energy? Next time you find yourself dragging a little bit, think about the last time you drank water. Maybe a trip to the water cooler will be just what the doctor ordered (and you’ll get some of that exercise that also boosts energy).
Dump the sugar
Did you grab a doughnut this morning from the break room? Maybe you swung by the vending machine for a quick snack between meetings? Although you may have experienced an initial burst of energy, you are now feeling that drop in blood sugar and energy levels. Reaching for true energy boosting foods like spinach, beans, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, quinoa or almonds can get you back on track to finish the day.
Get more of the best medicine
If you’re feeling a little sluggish, maybe it’s time to check out that cat video that always gets you laughing. It will increase your circulation and boost endorphins throughout your body. According to Vanderbilt’s Director of Bionutrition Maciej Buchowski’s 2005 study, laughing increases your energy expenditure and your heart rate by 10 to 20 percent. He also found that laughing 10 to 15 minutes every day for a year can translate into a four-pound weight loss. Laughing for energy and weight loss? Bring on the knock-knock jokes!
So, next time you’re feeling like you’re dragging, keep some of these tips in mind. Before you know it, you’ll be back to your usual self with enough energy to tackle the day.