This time of year, we could all use a little more energy, right? The days are dark and cold, there are endless after work/school engagements, and as much as you want to believe the extra cookies you’re eating are going to fuel your workout, they’re actually throwing your metabolism way out of whack.
But before you reach for that extra cup of coffee or energy drink, consider natural ways to boost your energy. Not only are they (generally) free, they’re also tried, true and good for you (unlike some mystery syrup soda). Below are five of our favorite, easy ways to boost energy naturally and effectively.
Drink a Green Smoothie
Instead of reaching for that candy bar or soda, try a smoothie, made with probiotic-rich Lifeway Kefir, dark leafy greens, juicy berries and water. Smoothies are healthy treats that will ramp up your energy levels and give you a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
Try a Midday Workout
Surprisingly, a good workout should leave you with more energy you started with. Even more, cardiovascular activity releases serotonin – the “feel good” chemical in your brain. Finally, who doesn’t feel accomplished after a workout? Taking 30-45 minutes during the middle of your day to get your heart rate up has countless benefits. Try jogging, cycling or swimming, or take a fun group exercise class.
Turn up the Jams
Have you ever noticed that the type of music you listen to affects how well you concentrate at work or school? Listening to up-beat, energizing music is a simple, pain-free virtually no equipment-required way to change your mood and give you more energy.
Praying, meditating – what you call it, the concept is the same (for our purposes, at least). Taking time to calm your mind and meditate has been shown by numerous studies to be a great way to increase energy. It might sound silly, but we bet you’ll be surprised if you give it a try.
Have a Stretch
Have you ever wondered why stretching is one of the first things you do in the morning? Stretching helps wake your body up by providing oxygen and increased blood flow to muscles and organs. If you work in front of a computer or sit for long periods of time, a good stretch might be just what you need to get past the 3 p.m. slump.
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