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