We all want to begin our day with energy and purpose, but some days are harder than others. There are a multitude of things that you can do to increase your energy levels and here are just a few of my top tips.
It is a pretty obvious fact that if you are not getting enough sleep then you will feel tired and lacking in energy the next day. We need a good night’s sleep on a number of levels. Firstly we need the Deep Wave restorative sleep to rest, repair and re-energise our bodies. Secondly we need to be able to REM effectively. REM, Rapid Eye Movement, is when we dream and dreaming is our brains way of dealing with all the stresses and strains of the day. Adopt healthy sleeping habits and your energy levels will benefit.
Exercise is a highly effective way of combating a lack of energy. Exercising regularly increases the body’s ability to get oxygen to our cells efficiently, thereby increasing our energy levels. Doing some exercise is better than doing none at all, so find something that you enjoy as it will help to make exercising achievable and sustainable. Try walking, dancing, yoga, Pilates, sports or any other type of physical exercise and you will experience an increase in your energy levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
Regular stretching does more than keep your muscles and tendons in a healthy state; it also keeps the brain’s arteries open and unclogged. Because the brain accounts for 15% of the body’s blood flow (while being only 2% of its overall weight) maintaining a free flow of oxygenated blood to our most vital organ is an excellent way increase energy levels. So as well as incorporating exercise in your daily routine you also need to find time to stretch. Yoga. Pilates, Body Balance and Tai-Chi are all very good stretching options.
We need a healthy balanced diet to keep our energy levels up. Experts recommend eating foods that are high in protein, including eggs, beans, milk, and lean meat. A diet which is high in protein and low in carbohydrates will keep your energy levels up. Instead of the sugary donut, munch on nuts and peas, snack on fruits and vegetables, or have a slice of whole wheat bread. Really cut back on sugar, especially refined sugar. When you eat sweet food you get a spike in blood sugar which gives you an initial burst of energy, but that is then followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar which in turn can leave you feeling wiped out. We get enough natural sugar from fruit and vegetables, so avoid sugary snacks as they will sap your energy levels.
You may already know that it is easy to confuse the signals of hunger with thirst. We often think we are hungry when actually we are just thirsty. However, did you also know that thirst can also masquerade as tiredness? Sometimes even slight dehydration can leave us feeling tired and lethargic. The solution is simple; just make sure that you drink at least eight glasses of water per day to stay properly hydrated.