Five Energy Boosters

As the winter sets in with cold temps, we can really feel a dip in energy levels. Need to get a bounce back in your step? Check out these natural energy boosters without the caffeine, sugary drinks, drugs, or naps!

Move your body.

Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn’t make you tired. It actually builds energy within your body at the cellular level. Get off the couch, or skip the nap, and take a walk, run, swim, lift weights, or play Dance Dance Revolution. Do whatever it takes to move your body. Just 10 minutes can give you the boost that you need. While waiting for dinner to cook, burst into some jumping jacks. Try a speedy walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of typing them an email. You can also run the stairs at lunch. Just get moving…even if you don’t feel like it (especially if you don’t feel like it!)

Eat good food.

You might get a quick energy boost from a handful of M&Ms or a chocolate chip cookie, but you will crash and burn even quicker. Fuel your body to keep you energized all day long. Eat healthy carbs such as whole wheat crackers or oatmeal, veggies and fruit, and remember to eat protein with every meal or snack. Think almonds, tuna, chicken, turkey, walnuts, natural peanut butter, and tofu. Imagine your body as an engine, and you are providing high grade gasoline when you eat well.

Drink your water.

Ditch the “energy drinks,” caffeinated beverages, and cocktails. Drink water…a lot of water…at least 64-ounces a day. A major symptom of dehydration is fatigue. When you are feeling tired or sleepy, especially in the middle of the day, chug a glass of water.

Take a deep breath.

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. Take a seat, inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly and completely.

Go to bed.

Studies show that getting less than 6 hours of sleep leaves us depleted mentally and physically. 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.

You can boost your energy using these simple tips. Remember to exercise, if only for 10 minutes. Eat well to fuel your body. Drink plenty of water, and practice breathing exercises. Don’t forget to rest your body and get plenty of sleep.