5 Steps to Loving Exercise or at Least Not Hating It

Here’s a great article that might help you jump start your exercise routine.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/StartWalking/5-Steps-to-Loving-Exercise-Or-At-Least-Not-Hating-It_UCM_445812_Article.jsp#mainContent

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7 Steps to Boost Your Energy Level

By Dejan Antic

Do you feel like you’re low on gas, ener­gy wise? You know the feel­ing where every­thing seems to be a drag. Even get­ting up from the couch is a big feat. And It’s not that you’re lazy. I mean, you want to do stuff, but the drive just isn’t there. To get you through these bad times, here are the 7 tips I found to be the most help­ful when you want to boost your ener­gy lev­els.

1. Exer­cise Every Day

Noth­ing gets your ener­gy lev­els up, like some good old exer­cis­ing.

With exer­cise we raise our heart rate and our breaths gain in depth.

This means that our body can yield more power due to the boost­ed food and oxy­gen flow to the cells.

Do what you love the most.

But plus points go for activ­i­ties that get you out on fresh air – walk your dog, take a stroll in the park, jog, etc.

2. Fix Your Diet

You are what you eat.

Stuff your mouth with junk food and your ener­gy lev­els are going to take a hit.

If whole foods make the most part of your diet, then your ener­gy lev­els will go through the roof.

Vit­a­mins, min­er­als, good fats, etc … they’re all inside foods that weren’t put through a bunch of indus­tri­al process­es.

That’s why you should always strive to eat foods that are as close to their raw form as pos­si­ble.

So next time you’re at the super­mar­ket, pick raw chick­en breasts over chick­en sala­mi.

Right foods will do a world of good for your health and your ener­gy lev­els.

3. Try Fast­ing

Our bod­ies have two modes of being.

Fed or fast­ed.

When you’re fast­ed, your sym­pa­thet­ic ner­vous sys­tem comes to the fore.

This means that your fight-or-flight hor­mones go up, which makes you more awake, sharp and just plain more focused.

There are a lot of ways to fast.

My go-to way of fast­ing is to just skip break­fast. I eat my first meal at noon where I eat big to make up for the missed break­fast.

Give fast­ing a go and watch your ener­gy lev­els spike.

4. Drink Cof­fee (Prefer­ably on an Empty Stom­ach)

Cof­fee is black gold.

Next time you need a shot in the arm, drink a cup of cof­fee.

Caf­feine is a stim­u­lant which boosts:

- your body coor­di­na­tion
- the flow of your thoughts
- men­tal focus

This tip goes hand in hand with fast­ing.

When you drink cof­fee on an empty stom­ach, it’s effects are even more awe­some.

5. Drink More Water

It’s a fact. Most of us don’t drink enough water dur­ing the day.

It’s a bad habit. Espe­cial­ly when you think that our bod­ies are for the most part made out of water.

If you feel tired and down, it may just be that you’re dehy­drat­ed.

How do you stay hydrat­ed?

First of all, drink as much water as you can as soon as you wake up. This will bring your water lev­els back to nor­mal lev­els.

Sec­ond, all through the day, drink water so you don’t feel the thirst.

6. Work on Your Sleep

Don’t mess with your sleep.

While we still don’t get the true role of sleep, you can be sure that we need sleep to recharge.

If you’re low on sleep, your body won’t be able to get back on track from a hard day’s work. This will in turn cause your ener­gy lev­els to take a dive.

Each night, do your best to get a sound sleep.

Get rid of all dis­trac­tions (mind, eyes and ears) and do your best to hit the hay before 11pm.

7. Focus on One Thing at a Time (Har­ness the Power of Momen­tum)

Mul­ti­task­ing is an ener­gy sink and you should avoid it at all costs.

You need to play it smart and hone in your focus on just one thing at a time.

Be on a roll.

Keep on fin­ish­ing the tasks you’ve set out to do (one by one) and watch your ener­gy lev­els soar through the roof.

That’s the power of momen­tum.

And This is Just The Start
These 7 tips are just the start.

Pick and choose the tips you like the most. But if you want to get the most bang for your buck, I’d sug­gest that you focus on your sleep.

From: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-simple-steps-to-boost-your-energy-levels/

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