How great would it feel to have high energy levels all day long?
With family obligations, maintaining a household, work deadlines, it’s simply exhausting to stay on top of everything with so little time. However, I don’t think it’s time that most people need. In order to get more accomplished in our daily lives, our bodies require more energy.
If you want to improve your productivity level at home or in the office, here are 5 simple ways to keep your energy levels high all day long:
Get Up and Move
Our bodies are meant to move. In fact, exercising can increase energy levels in our bodies. By doing so, it will help prevent you from depleting your body and avoid feeling fatigued. Regardless if you go to the gym every day or maintain a workout routine, if you sit for long periods of time, it can leave you feeling sluggish and unproductive. It’s important to take frequent breaks throughout the day whether you are in a workspace or in a home office. Try standing up every hour for 5 minutes to get you out of your chair.
If you want to get out of that chair altogether, then try a standing desk or treadmill desk. Height adjustable desks allow you to change the height of the desk so you can alternate between a seated and standing position. Several studies show that standing desks can dramatically decrease chronic back pain caused by prolonged sitting.
Consume More Energy Foods
Carbohydrates are not our enemy and It’s important to know that not all carbs are the same. The ‘bad carbs’ known otherwise as ‘simple carbohydrates are refined, low in nutrients if any, high in saturated fat, and provide no health benefit to our bodies. These carbs are quickly digested, releasing sugar rapidly into our bloodstream causing insulin spikes that lead to energy highs and eventually crashing lows. Foods such as white rice, white flour, table sugar, and sweets are all examples of simple carbs.
Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are a great source of fiber. They release glucose into the bloodstream gradually providing our bodies with a steady supply of energy. These foods also help us with weight management by keeping us sated so it’s important to consume foods such as whole grains, oats, quinoa, nuts and seeds on a daily basis. These foods are as wholesome as they get, unrefined, and a healthy way to stay full and provide us with lots of energy all day long.
Since our body is composed of approximately 2/3 water, if we start to lack water, our heart will need to work harder to pump out oxygenated blood to all of the cells. Along with this organ, other vital organs will be exhausted as well. and in turn, you will experience the same type of fatigue. A common reason for feeling sluggish is dehydration, so instead of reaching for that caffeinated beverage, replenish your body with a simple glass of water.
Most people do not consume enough water throughout the day. Although the standard ‘8 glasses a day’ is just a recommendation, some people need to drink more while others require less. Keep a reusable water container on your desk a reminder to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you are exercising, ensure that you keep the body hydrated prior to exercise, during exercise, and after exercise.
We’ve become creatures of habit with our daily and weekly routines that we forget to take a step back to tune out all of the distractions in our life. The distractions of television, radio, video games, social media, telephones, and our never-ending busy lives. Meditation is great for finding your focus and restoring your energy levels.
The key to meditation is to make it a habit every day. Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted even if you only have a few minutes. If meditation isn’t a right fit for you, then try being mindful. This is done by being aware of your surroundings, thoughts, and body sensations. Being mindful or in the moment, allows us to pay attention to our thoughts without judging them. It teaches us to live in the moment instead of focusing on the past or future. It forces us to slow down.
Get Back to Nature
One of the most natural ways to increase our energy level is to choose a natural setting to retreat to when feeling mentally or physically drained. Besides the physical benefits, most of us have experienced a euphoric feeling when in nature. As a result of complex interactions of chemicals in our brain, the endorphins released motivate us and keep us on this ‘natural high’ that can last for hours.
When we’re outdoors, we’re not a slave to technology. The floodgates open to experience new thoughts and new ways of thinking. Our ability to problem solve effectively increases when we step away from our screens and experience an environment that allows us to get intimate with our thoughts.
Here’s to your highest energy levels, all day long!