How To Get The Most Energy Out Of Your Day
Does the busy back-to-school season have you running around? Do you get out of work and have no motivation to do the things you need to get done, or even to go out and enjoy yourself? It's easy to feel drained when you've got a lot on your plate, but don't allow yourself to feel that way anymore! Tackle your busy days effortlessly by following some of these simple steps in order to keep your energy going.
Embrace Your Mornings
How you begin your day is key to how you are going to feel for the rest of it. No one likes crawling out of bed, but there are ways you can make doing so a heck of a lot easier!
Try to wake up at the same time every morning. No matter how late you went to bed the night before, set your alarm so that you're up by a specific time each day - Yes, this includes weekends! Do not allow yourself to hit snooze; Falling back asleep may interrupt your hormone cycle, making it harder for your body to maintain energy throughout the rest of the day.
By syncing your body to your usual schedule, getting up and out the door each day will become a bit more bearable. When something such as getting out of bed at a certain time becomes routine, the energy you once required to get through your morning routine is no longer needed, and can be put to use in better ways.
Once you get out of bed, open those curtains! Our bodies recognize bright, natural light as a wake-up sign, which will have you feeling more energized in the morning. Avoid checking and responding to emails, texts, or calls until you get into the office. Use your mornings as a time to clear your mind so that you don't start your day in a dozen different directions and have yourself feeling overwhelmed before you even leave the house.
Eat breakfast even if you are not hungry. Skipping a meal affects your energy levels negatively, because it throws off your metabolism. Your body begins to store energy rather than use it, and burns less calories, adding to gradual weight gain if you regularly skip a meal. At breakfast, try to incorporate good carbs and fiber with a bit of protein - all of which will provide you with energy for the day.
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Avoiding The Afternoon Crash
STAY ACTIVE! Bodies in motion, stay in motion - so avoid sitting as much as you can. Walk over to someone's office rather than calling them. Take the stairs over the elevator. On break, go for a brisk walk outside. Staying in motion keeps your blood pumping which then gets your energy going. When you are sedimentary for a long period of time, your blood vessels begin to constrict, causing energy levels to drop. Studies have shown that even just a 10-minute walk can provide you with an energy boost that lasts up to 2 hours.
Aim to eat small meals every 3-4 hours. Doing so will help to keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable, rather than gorging a huge breakfast and not eating again until mid afternoon. When food sits in the stomach, we feel heavy and less energetic. This is because large meals require more energy in order to be digested - energy your body could be using toward something else. Try to stick to unrefined carbs, lean meats, and healthy fats. Our brain and muscles need carbs in order to function at their best ability and keep us energized, and research has shown that adding protein alongside carbs helps to improve concentration. Once they enter the bloodstream, healthy fats also become a great source of energy for our bodies to utilize.
Choose foods that are hearty in magnesium, which improves cellular function and turns glucose into energy, and omega 3's, which regulate your metabolism, improve brain cell health and alertness, and increase oxygen intake.
Tip: For an energizing afternoon snack, try a trail-mix of magnesium-rich almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews, and omega-3-packed walnuts and pecans.
As tempting as it sounds and as drained as you may feel around 2:00pm, don't make the trip to your favorite coffee shop past noon. Caffeine has a half-life of 5.7 hours, which means it can stay in your system and keep you awake for up to about 10 hours. Drinking coffee later in the day will only keep you up later at night when you should really be heading to bed and getting the rest you obviously need. If you really need a pick-me-up, choose green tea over coffee. It has a much lower caffeine content than coffee and has even been found to promote weight loss when consumed daily.
Stay hydrated! Everyone knows how dehydration feels - your head hurts, you get dizzy, and you're not motivated to do anything. This is because even very mild dehydration can cause your heart to exert extra energy and work extra hard in order to pump blood. That energy is better off being exerted in other ways!
Sleep: The Key To Energy
Sleep is our body's way of re-charging. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults ages 18-64 should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. To make sure you get a good night's rest so that you are energized for the following day, avoid alcohol for the last two hours before you head to bed, and sleep in a cool, dark place.