How Can I Be More Energetic?
Energy: we all have it and we all want more of it, but how you go about seeking it out is important. Selling the idea of an instant energy boost is a million-dollar market and — living in a fast-paced culture — it’s not hard to see why.
Here are some tips on how to say no to products that promise energy and say yes to boosting your own:
- Reach past that Redbull and grab a nice, tall glass of water.
Yes, water! The body's natural fuel, water’s energetic effects stem from hydrating cells. Adequate hydration of cells in the body keeps muscles energized and blood flowing to the brain, which in turn keeps the body alert.
- While you're at it, pass up the alcohol too (even the seltzers!).
Alcohol is a depressant targeting the central nervous system. Consuming even one drink during the day can make the rest of the evening drag. Drinking at night has the opposite effect, however, as it disrupts REM sleep and tanks snoozing quality.
- Sleeping better is the goal.
It’s no secret that elevated energy is directly tied to sleep. However, when it comes to sleeping, science is in agreement with quality over quantity. Two good rules of thumb for great sleep are to cut down on both energy boosters and technology before bedtime. Fighting to stay awake up until sleep is part of the reason energy can feel low, so allow that tired feeling before bed — maybe even enjoy it!
- When you can’t siesta, salsa!
If you find yourself in a bind for midday energy, get up and move around. Due to the circadian rhythm, many experience a lull of activity during the afternoon. Instead of a quick correction with energy-inducing products, try some good old fashion exercise. Movement delivers oxygen to the cardiovascular system—basically kick-starting the body’s motor.
- Consider that time a moment for reflection.
Stress is fatigue’s best friend and, after all, misery loves company. Targeting and reflecting on stress-inducing issues help alleviate the body's unnecessary energy deposits. Experiencing stress overstimulates the nervous system, draining energy; taking a moment to step away and calm the nerves saves energy that could be used better elsewhere.
The truth is there is no quick fix to boosting energy day in and day out. Feeling refreshed takes discipline and a lifestyle that supports the body's natural renewable energy. However, this energy is longer lasting than a quick fix off the shelf. If you are experiencing extreme fatigue, or want more tips on how to naturally cultivate energy, reach out to a medical professional.
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