Everyone knows that lack of sleep, thanksgiving dinner at your grandmas
house, and James Taylor songs make you tired, but what can you do to increase
energy or not deplete energy. Red Bull and 5 hour energy you know aren't good
for you, so here are a few tips to boost your energy and get 'er done!
Get quality sleep.
It is a fact that getting to be early, like not too many hours after the
sun goes down, is good for you. The body regenerates all night and important
things like hormones are re-manufactured around 2am. Preparing for slumber is also important by getting the
lights low, shutting the tv off, and note eating late. Read more about sleep HERE
Make sure you have protein and fat for
The biggest mistake most people do is eating
carbs for breakfast. Cereal, bread, and juice are almost entirely sugar and lead
to a morning crash. Eating meat, omelets, eggs, or a shake with a quality
protein powder, is the way to go.
Take a nap
Most people will say that they don't have time
for a nap, but closing your eyes, shutting off your phone, and if
finding someplace dark and quiet for 10-30
minutes isn't as impossible as you think. Reboot the system!
Dehydration is another cause of afternoon
Exercise in the morning
That way there are no excuses to get it done
in the evening and your furnace is fired up for the day.
Get up and move
If you have an office job you know how much
sitting sucks. Take a few minutes to get up, grab a quick walk outside if you
can, and move your limbs.
Deep breathing I discussed HERE but realize
oxygenating your body benefits every cell.
Avoid sugary snacks
Soda, concentrated fruit stuffs like raisins,
dehydrated fruit, most 'health' bars, are a sugar crash roller coaster waiting
Do intervals in your workout
High intensity exercises like sprints, squats,
lunges, jump rope, stairs, etc really drive a lot of oxygen into the
Jogging is really not a s good as you thought,
read about it HERE
Avoid a ton of alcohol
Like a glass of wine as much as the next guy,
but overdoing it right until the point of bedtime sets you up for disruptive
sleep through altered brain wave patterns, dehydration, poor digestion, and a
crappy next day.
-Leavitt Aug 2012