Dieters often complain of a lack of energy. Part of this is attitude—boredom due to removing a favorite pastime—eating unhealthy foods. If you’re addicted to sugar or chocolate, for example, and you can’t get your fix, part of the withdrawal process is feeling sluggish.
Relying on artificial stimulants such as caffeine or drugs leads to a crash after the initial boost, not to mention the possible unintended consequence of developing another addiction.
Instead of relying on unhealthy methods to increase your energy level, try some of the proven natural methods for boosting your energy. You’ve got nothing to lose except weight and lethargy, so let’s get started!
We all know people who exercise routinely, who never complain about being tired. You wonder how they can leave you in the dust on a bad day. When most people are ready to drag their sorry bodies home after a hard day at work, the serial exerciser is just stepping into dancing shoes. Why is that?
Studies have consistently shown a relationship between increased exercise and increased energy. Regular exercise has even proven to diminish fatigue even in people with medical conditions that sap energy. Exercise also releases endorphins, which make you feel a little high and naturally fight depression, a leading cause of fatigue.
2. Breathe Deeply
Most people breathe shallowly, leading to an oxygen deficit, which causes fatigue. Take deep breaths, filling the abdominal region. After a few deep breaths, you’ll feel invigorated. That’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost your energy naturally.
3. Eat More Protein and Colorful Vegetables
Pastries, candy and cookies all lead to an eventual crash. Substitute protein and non-starchy vegetables to keep your energy level stable. Try a green smoothie with a helping of bee pollen or some nuts or seeds to ward off the mid-morning and mid-afternoon slumps. As an added benefit, they’ll also keep you full until your next meal.
4. Drink a Cold Glass of Water
Dehydration happens even before you feel thirsty, and it robs you of energy. A cold glass of water provides just the reboot you need—increasing metabolism, rehydrating, flushing toxins from your system and giving you a little boost of energy.
5. Get up and Stretch
Endless computer work tires your eyes, cramps your neck muscles and drains your energy. Make it a habit to get up and walk away from the computer at least once an hour. Perform a few stretches while breathing deeply to relax tight neck and back muscles. When you get back to the computer, without the fatigue albatross hanging around your neck, you’ll find that increased energy equals increased productivity.
Prevention is the key: Incorporate these tips into your daily life so that you fight fatigue before it even begins. Relying on these natural energy boosters will ensure that you have enough energy to make it through the day with energy left over for the activities that make life worth living!