4 Ways To Boost Your Energy
Everyone’s energy levels can dip now and then… and the factors that lead to low energy are numerous. If you experience low energy levels on a regular basis, talk with your doctor - she or he can help to diagnose if there are any underlying health concerns you should address. But if you are experiencing minor energy slumps here and there, you may want to look at how much fitness you are getting, and what you are eating.
Both exercise and diet can affect your energy levels. When it comes to fitness, the rule of thumb is that you need to expel more energy to gain more energy. So make a promise to your health to get in some movement every day. Build on the length and level of difficulty as you adjust to making movement a priority, until you are getting about 30-45 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
When it comes to your diet, what you eat does matter! Instead of limiting yourself, which can often backfire, consider placing an emphasis on eating certain foods in ways that can naturally boost your energy! Try these tips and see if they help boost your energy levels:
Eat less food, more often! Large meals can cause the body to release more insulin, resulting in blood sugar crashes; this can lead to energy dips. If you notice that after large meals this happens to you, create a plan to eat less food in one sitting, and eat more than three times a day. Smaller meals and snacks can help to keep your blood sugar from dropping too low. This could be as simple as dividing up your breakfast and lunch into two portions eaten over a few hours, instead of one large portion at one time.
Choose healthy snacks. It’s a common mistake to think of snacks as a way to fill a craving, when in fact snacks can fuel your body and give your energy levels a boost! It all comes down to what snacks you choose. Stock up your kitchen with foods that naturally fuel your body’s energy, like hard boiled eggs, produce and nuts. EVER BETTER™ Protein Bites are also a great snack to keep on hand, as they are low in sugar so you can avoid those blood sugar spikes; deliver up 6 grams of energy-boosting protein in each serving; and include energy-boosting ingredients like nuts, chocolate and pumpkin seeds.
Stay hydrated! One of the best ways to avoid energy slumps is to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so really commit to keeping a reusable water bottle with you at all times. While the general rule is 6 to 8 glasses per day, you may need more or less depending on your activity level. A few easy ways to get in your water is to drink a full glass when you wake, and every time you use the bathroom, drink a glass of water afterwards. If you, like many people, are not a fan of plain water, squeeze in some lemon or lime or add some fresh herbs like mint or basil.
- Keep a food journal. This doesn’t have to be a forever task, but it can help you correlate your energy levels to what you eat. Keep it simple - on your phone, type in what you eat, and how you feel about 30 minutes after. Do this for 7-14 days, and then see if there is a link between your food and your energy levels!
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