When you are tired it can be hard to get up the energy to exercise and all too easy to reach for unhealthy treats like lollies, for a quick ‘pick-me-up’. However, making an effort to boost your energy with naturally healthy habits can lead to a lot more energy in a more sustainable way. Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated, here are four easy tricks you can include in your daily routine to get more energy.
Start the day with cool water
If you wake up feeling sluggish it can be a sign that you’ve become a little dehydrated overnight. A good way to tackle this is to start the day with a large glass of water, to help rehydrate you. If you are very used to drinking coffee in the morning try starting with a glass of water, then having half your normal coffee to see if you can notice the difference.
Smart snacking to keep you going all-day
Many of the snacks that you can find in a vending machine are high in sugar or processed carbohydrates as well as being quite expensive. You’ll find that your energy is more consistently high if you choose a smart snack with high protein (such as nuts, cheese or yoghurt) and match it with some fresh fruit for some natural sugars that will release more slowly due to the fibre content of the item. You can also find some great recipes online for protein bars and bliss balls that you can make at home in bulk.
Stand up and take some deep breaths
If you find the middle afternoon slump is hitting you hard as you sit at your desk a quick way to get some more energy is to stand up, stretch and take some deep breaths. While you sit in one position it’s common to slump and start taking shallower breaths, which leads to less blood flow around the body. A quick walk to the water cooler or around your department can help to get everything flowing again and energise the body.
Sleep enough at night
Finally, making sure you get to bed early enough each night and getting rid of distractions can help you to get to sleep more easily, and sleep deeply. This is vital in making sure you have enough energy to tackle the next day!