More Of Whole, Plant-Based Foods And Everything Else Less
You probably know that eating a healthy diet is important. But, did you know just how much poor nutrition harms both your waistline and your energy levels?
It’s simple to make healthier, efficient swaps. Check out some of the best food associated with better energy:
- Leafy greens and vegetables
- Citrus fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and lentils
- Dark chocolate
Drink More Water
Many of us are dehydrated throughout the day. Even mild hydration can cause fatigue, which can wreck havoc on our energy levels.
Drink a minimum of 7 glasses per day (or until your urine is very light-colored) and you’ll feel significantly more alert, awake, and energized.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with caffeine or other tasty drinks. Just drink them in moderation. And, remember: no matter what, water is king when it comes to nutrition, health, and better energy!
Do Light Exercise
Experts found that even just 20 minutes of low-impact of exercise 3 days a week can have significant improvement on daily energy levels. That’s just an hour of commitment a week, though more exercise is also associated with more energy improvement.
The type of exercise does not matter so much as the consistency of exercise itself.
Some ideas to get started:
- Add an additional 20-minute walk before or after walk
- Sign up for a new fitness class
- Make a competition with friends or coworkers to log exercise minutes
- Try yoga
- Consider joining an adult sports league
- Sign up for an athletic competition and get training!
- Listen to music and dance around your room
Don’t Neglect Your Sleep
Experts recommend up to 8 hours of sleep, though individual needs can and do vary. To improve your overall sleep routine, focus on these true & tested strategies:
- Maintain a sleep schedule. Consistently aim to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day (yes, this includes weekends). This keeps your body in a normal routine.
- Keep the room as dark as possible
- Avoid eating dinner too close to bedtime. You need time to digest
- Cut caffeine by mid-afternoon
- Put electronics away at least an hour before bedtime
- Keep your room cool (optimally between 66-69 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Find yourself a comfy bed, sheets, and pillow! You will spend 1/3 of your life asleep! It’s well worth the investment.
Laugh Till You Burst
Laughter is good for the body. The act of it engages our muscles, increases blood flow, increases our immune system, and even burns calories!
Laughter also helps us mentally. It increases our sense of happiness, instills hope and purpose, and creates bonding between people.
The more happy you feel, the more energized you feel. After all, it’s hard to feel stressed when you’re doubled over laughing. It’s a no-brainer.
If you’re lacking in laughter, try to incorporate more humor in your life. Our favorite hacks include:
- Watching a favorite sitcom
- Browsing through funny online videos
- Checking out memes or jokes
- Reminiscing on a funny time with a good friend or family member
- Just practicing laughing! Seriously. Even if you start “fake” laughing, you have a pretty good chance of it turning into authentic laughter. Try it!