Are you wondering how to boost your energy? These simple tips will help you to give your everyday energy level the boost you need in your everyday life.
Do you ever wonder if you could be enjoying more energy in your everyday life? Maybe you tend to start the day with an ambitious (yet seemingly doable) to-do list, for example, only to find that you barely have the energy to get through half of that list. Could more energy be the answer? Here is a look at some simple ways that you can boost your energy in your everyday life—and get on with finishing the things that you want to accomplish.
Get exercise regularly.
As this article about the benefits of exercise points out, exercising regularly helps you have more energy naturally, and it also helps you sleep more soundly at night (which can only mean having more energy during the day.) Even a brisk ten-minute walk has been proven to provide an energy boost that lasts for up to two hours; and when you take a brisk ten-minute walk every day for at least three weeks straight, your overall energy levels and mood will increase noticeably.
Eat energy boosting foods.
There are many foods out there that can help you boost your energy naturally, and incorporating them into your everyday diet will help you enjoy all-around more sustained energy when you need it. Here are a few foods that are proven to boost energy levels in the body:
- Leafy greens
- Fresh fruit
- Whole grains
- Lean meats
- Air-popped popcorn
- Nuts (especially cashews, hazelnuts, and almonds)
- Chia seeds
- Dark chocolate
On a related side note, be sure never to skip breakfast! Our glucose stores are typically low when we first wake up in the morning, meaning we wake up with little stored energy. The most effective breakfasts for boosting energy feature a combination of protein, good fats, and complex carbohydrates.
Drink energy boosting drinks.
Of course, there are several drinks out there as well that can boost your energy naturally, without you having to resort to coffee, soda, or energy drinks. Japanese matcha green tea powder, for example, contains some caffeine but also a unique combination of nutrients that together increase energy without giving you the jitters. The L-Theanine in matcha has even been proven to promote concentration and clarity of mind. Other natural energy boosting drinks include:
- Lemon water, because dehydration tends to drain energy, and it’s packed with electrolytes that help cells produce energy
- Coconut water, which contains high levels of minerals and potassium
- Kombucha, which contains a high concentration of probiotic-rich acids
- Acai juice, which contains B vitamins, proteins, potassium, and fatty acids
As with any drink you put into your body, be sure to opt for a drink that isn’t loaded with sugar, as sugar can distort your body’s natural energy balance.
Take your vitamins.
Eating a proper diet that is rich in energy boosting foods as described above will help you maintain the proper vitamin and mineral balance needed to sustain energy throughout the day. But sometimes, even when eating a balanced diet, you can be left with nutrient deficiencies that prevent your body from putting out as much energy as possible. Magnesium, in particular, is one nutrient that experts say many people aren’t getting enough of—and are therefore more tired than they should be. Men should aim for getting about 350 milligrams of magnesium per day, while women should aim for getting about 300 milligrams per day.
Seek stress relief.
Did you know that stress and anxiety can literally decrease your overall energy levels? Stress can leave you exhausted both mentally and physically, and studies have shown that even low but chronic stress can erode energy levels and result in you feeling more drained after doing less. Therefore, it’s important to actively seek stress relief when you need it. Find stress relief techniques that work for you, such as:
- Taking a nap
- Getting a massage
- Slow, concentrated breathing
- Listening to music
- Spending time with a pet (did you know these 10 surprising health benefits of owning a dog?)
Try the five-minute energy boosting routine.
Have you heard of the five-minute energy boosting routine that was developed by Harvard psychologists and world-class health experts? Some people claim that it could actually replace your afternoon coffee. The routine is just five minutes long and goes like this:
- 2-minute power pose (such as standing with your hands on your hips or leaning over a table with your hands on the table)
- 1 minute of push-ups (as many as you can do in a row)
- 2 minutes of meditation
The two-minute power pose has been prove to boost testosterone (the confidence hormone) levels while decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. Pushups, meanwhile, send endorphins to the brain while stimulating blood flow and boosting adrenaline. And two minutes of eyes closed, deep breathing meditation helps you focus and improve your mental clarity. It may sound crazy, but hey—if some say that it could replace an afternoon coffee, then it’s definitely worth trying.
I hope that these tips gave your some ideas on how to boost your energy. I would love to hear your energy-boosting tips in the comments below!