Top 6 tips to boost energy throughout the day

September 9, 2014

The sun may be shining for longer and temperatures may have warmed up, but finding the energy to power through the day can still be a challenge. The fast pace of life nowadays, work stress and responsibilities may be zapping daily vigor, making it more difficult to commit to a session on your home treadmill. What’s more, if you do fit in a workout, it may not be as effective when energy levels are low.

There are easy ways to jump-start your engine such as energy drinks, but LiveScience noted that information presented at the 2013 American Heart Association meeting found that a habit of sipping these beverages could affect your heart rhythm and increase your blood pressure.

Luckily, there a plenty of ways to get energized naturally without any artificial boosters or unhealthy additives. Here are some excellent options:

Don’t skip breakfast: When you go to sleep at night, your body spends those hours fasting, so when you wake up, you need food to refuel. Food is a big energy source for the body, and LiveScience said that eating a high-fiber breakfast with healthy carbs helps people be more alert and focused. Bonus: Eating fiber helps keep you fuller for longer, which is great if you’re trying to lose weight.

Exercise: It’s no secret that exercise boosts mood and energy levels. This means that even when you’re feeling tired, sluggish or cranky, it’s important to hit that home exercise equipment and get a run in on your True M30 Home Elliptical Trainer because it’ll boost the chemicals in your brain that affect mood and release adrenaline for that much-needed pick-me-up. It can also be helpful to hop on your stationary bike in the morning to help fuel you through the rest of your day.

Stay hydrated: In order for the body to function properly, it needs to be well hydrated. That’s why it’s important to not only sip water during a workout but throughout the whole day. Even slight dehydration can totally zap your energy and leave you feeling fatigued and make your day drag. Be sure to continuously sip water all day long, whether you’re exercising or sitting at your desk. You can add some flavor with a lemon or even opt for green tea if the air conditioning is chilly.

Eat fish: Fish like salmon, anchovies, mackerel, herring, tuna and sardines are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are helpful in producing energy as well as brain function and heart health. When you’re feeling run down, choose fish for lunch or dinner. For those who are not fish fans, omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in walnuts, oatmeal, peanut butter, canola and soybean oil and Brussels sprouts.

Try dark chocolate for a sweet treat: According to LiveScience, an iron deficiency can lead to tired, low-energy feelings. Luckily, dark chocolate is a good source of iron, which assists in transporting oxygen through the body to help with cell processes, so reach for this treat for dessert or a quick snack after lunch. Other good iron sources include spinach, beans and meat like chicken and beef.

Control stress: It’s no surprise that stress can rob you of your high energy. When you’re feeling particularly anxious, try some go-to methods for stress relief including exercise, meditation and yoga. It can also be helpful to talk to a friend, family member or coworker to share your concerns and get things off your chest. Once your mental load is lightened, you should feel much more energized.