According to the Textbook of Biochemistry and Human Biology, energy balance can be equated as, “Energy intake = internal heat produced + external work + energy stored.” Learning how to keep your energy well balanced throughout the day can lead to a more productive and resourceful you. The following 15 points can be the catalyst for a healthier lifestyle, and much more energy.
1 – Ditch Caffeine, Sugar, and Cigarettes
Caffeine heavy drinks/foods may seem like the ideal way to lift your energy, but they’re an artificial boost which does nothing for you in the long term. Worst offenders include: coffee, energy drinks, power bars, and sugar. Unfortunately they lead to energy slumps and depression due to excessive sugar and artificial flavorings. Moderation is key, as well as avoiding fizzy drinks, sweets, and confectionery items like donuts.
If you’re a smoker, cigarettes should be dropped from your life. They drain your money, make you smell, ruin your appearance, and destroy your energy. For advice on how to quit visit Smoke Free.
2 – Drink Water
Keeping yourself hydrated is vital as dehydration leads to fatigue. As soon as you wake up you should drink a glass of water to wake your body up and get your organs functioning properly. Be wary of bottled water though, as it is often merely tap water and has no special significance. Worse still, flavored bottled water is often laden with added sugar. Head for your nearest tap for the ideal glass of H2O.
3 – Drink Tea/Herbal Tea
Tea/herbal teas offer essential nutrients and antioxidants. Tea itself has only a small amount of caffeine compared to coffee, and green tea (consumed without milk or sugar) can help you lose weight. You can also buy an amazing tea pot. Just looking at one of these is enough to boost your mood right away.
4 – Eat the Right Food
Fresh vegetables should be a daily part of your diet. Meats such as turkey, chicken, and fish are also great sources of protein, whilst carbohydrates like brown rice and wholemeal bread can provide welcome energy boosting nutrients.
For a treat, try dark chocolate. It can be a wonderful boost for your mood and mental alertness as the cocoa has flavonoids which will keep you going. The stronger the cocoa the better, although limit the amount you eat. Magnesium is also a good energy boost, and you can find it in fish and various nuts.
5 – Exercise
It’s a word which many people don’t like to hear, especially after a long day of work, but 30 minutes of exercise over several weeks would be enough to improve energy levels. Exercise takes many forms; try running, cycling, badminton, tennis, swimming, go-karting, martial arts, or drumming for rapid health improvements..
6 – Lose Weight
Over numerous years, office work can lead to unnecessary weight gain. This in itself can make you feel sluggish, so with regular exercise and a good diet you can expect to lose pounds as the weeks tick by. As well as a confidence boost, you’ll find your energy and sleep patterns will improve.
7 – Get Up and Stretch
If you have an office job, or sit down a lot, then fatigue will inevitably set in. Standing up and moving around can wake your body up, as will adopting a silly pose for a healthy stretch.
8 – Yawn
Although it isn’t known for certain why we yawn, research suggests it is the body’s way of cooling the brain. This effectively “wakes” it up, according to the work of Andrew Gallup of Princeton University. Incidentally, you can wow friends with this geeky fact; the term for when you stretch and yawn is called pandiculation.
9 – Listen to Lively Music
If you’re lacking energy then listen to one of your favorite songs. If it’s upbeat and invigorating, it can be an instant energy producer and mood lifter.
10 – Avoid Procrastination
The art of doing nothing can make you fatigued as you’re no longer alert. If you really struggle with procrastination you should try online tools such as Pomodoro, which sets you 25 minutes of work followed by a rewarding break. Making this your working mantra should lead to consistent levels of energy.
11 – Bask in Sunlight
The sun is the reason why we’re all here, courtesy of its energy providing sunlight. Opening up a window, sweeping back some curtains, or heading outside for 10 minutes, can all help keep the energy flowing.
12 – Limit Alcohol Consumption
Drinking is a great social pastime and can be very enjoyable, but limiting your alcohol consumption can do wonders for your energy, health, and appearance. Obviously many of us want to enjoy our social time, but not getting utterly wasted on a Friday night is a step in the right direction.
If you can keep off alcohol entirely, you can expect: better sleep, improved mood, boosted energy levels, better health, improved physical appearance, better productivity, and a lot of saved money.
13 – Reduce the Stress in Your Life
Stress contributes to fatigue a great deal. You can try many simple techniques to reduce its impact; Yoga, reading, classical music, certain teas (such as chamomile or Valerian root), a warm bath, a massage, a stint in the sauna, or exercise regularly.
14 – Have a Midday Kip
It should be perfectly acceptable to take a 20 minute kip/nap once a day. If you leave it longer your body can enter its natural sleeping cycle, which will make you even more tired, but 20 minutes of rest can restore your energy. Just remember to ask for permission from your boss.
15 – Sleep Well
Sleep is mandatory if you want to be energetic when you wake up. To achieve a good nights sleep you can try: reading a book before bed, drinking a small amount of Chamomile/Valerian tea, and laying off alcohol.
Booze badly affects sleep patterns, so it should be avoided, especially during a working week. Regular exercise can help promote good sleeping patterns, as will going to bed at similar times.