Healthy Ways to Snap Up Quick Energy Boosts

 

Sometimes when we need it the most, our energy levels let us down. Finding ways to continue fueling our energy supply can keep everything level as we navigate home, work and weekend demands.

WebMD tells us keeping a supply of healthy foods on hand, and making room in our schedules for some energy boosting routines can make a difference in our energy levels.

Make Your Next Coffee A Latte

Turn your coffee into a protein drink by having a low fat latte instead of other coffees. Add some almonds for the perfect health break.

Find Out How Much Berries Can Do

Raspberries, strawberries, cherries, blueberries and black berries all deliver super antioxidants that researchers say boost energy levels and keep them up. Frozen or fresh work fine. Just make sure you keep them on the menu daily.

Use Fiber to Fill You Up & Avoid Sugar Crashes

Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, beans and oats to get high soluble fiber that regulates absorption of sugars and avoids crashes. Let tangy coleslaw, black bean tacos, broccoli soups, apples, grapes and almonds fuel your energy and keep you appetite satisfied.

Keep Moving & Stretching

Make the day better with some relaxing stretches to ease your body and your mind. Use before breakfast, mid-morning and early afternoon stretches to keep the blood flowing through your body energizing and calming your efforts.

Turn Up the Volume When Work Slows Down

Nothing works quite as well for me as those first notes of my favorite song, signaling my energy to flow right along with the music. In the background when you are concentrating, or turned up full blast when you take a break music can help set the pace and sweep away the down moments.

Get Outside & Get Going

When you cannot manage to stay awake, or field one more mix-up, head out doors and walk, run or stretch your way to a better mood that is sure to bring more energy with it. Researchers are spending more time focusing on all the benefits of being outdoors. If you don’t rely on the outdoors to revitalize you, try it and find out what you are missing.

Opt Out of Energy Drinks, & Drink More Water, Less Alcohol

Move on from the energy drinks that jolt you and dump you later. At the same time stay hydrated. A tall cool glass of water before every meal and after exercising will fight tiredness. Also cut back on alcohol in the evening to get a better night’s rest, and help you wake up refreshed.

Finally, Pay Attention to Your Body Clock

Early birds and night owls can both be super productive, but they need to figure out what works best. If you fade by 9 p.m. or just start moving mid-day, see if you can adjust your work hours to capitalize on your own personal energy supply. You will feel better and your work is sure to show it.

 

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