Feeling drained of energy every day? Between busy schedules and bad habits, it's tough to feel energized in the morning, let alone all week. But a few healthy changes can quickly refresh your daily energy levels (so you'll always be up for a dance party...or other important things).
EAT THE RIGHT BREAKFAST
If you're skipping breakfast or even eating a light one, you're not doing yourself any favors. Unrefined carbs are the key to feeling quickly energized while lean protein and good fats will slowly work through your system for sustained stamina.
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LIGHT IT UP
Getting a good amount of exposure to natural light is essential for energy. Not only does the sun help us produce Vitamin D, being in a bright space illuminated by daylight sets a natural internal clock. When you're in the sun or natural light, your body recognizes that it's time to wake up and be productive, and when it gets dark out, the body understands it's time to wind down. If you're stuck in an office without windows, try going for a walk each day or invest in a light therapy lamp.
GET THOSE QUALITY ZZZZ'S
Just because you're sleeping for 8 hours, doesn't mean you're getting quality, restful sleep. A good night's sleep consists of four stages of non-REM sleep followed by REM (dreaming) sleep. There are a variety of factors that inhibit this, like drinking alcohol, looking at blue light (from phones, computers and TV's) too close to bed time, and the temperature being too warm. Keep your bedroom at a cool 68 degrees, which is the optimal temperature for the body to get a great night's sleep, and avoid alcohol and screen time 2 hours before hitting the pillow. You can also try taking Kava, which is known to naturally relieve stress and improve sleep, about an hour before bedtime.
FIT IN AN A.M. SWEAT SESH
It may seem counterintuitive to exert energy early in the day, but studies have shown that those who workout in the morning feel more energized throughout the day and sleep better at night. Not to mention that, over time, you'll be building your body's endurance. Just be sure to fuel up with the right food before and after.
TAKE BACK AFTERNOON SNACK TIME
Remember snack time in kindergarten? Bring the old school bite break back by nibbling on something with protein and fiber to help the boost in blood sugar last longer. A blended green juice like X-Treme Greens is a great option thanks to fibrous leafy greens and natural protein from hemp seeds. Plus, it's easily transportable.
GET YOUR STRETCH ON
Sitting all day makes your muscles cramp up, which not only is uncomfortable, but zaps you of your natural pep. Stretching helps you use your body more efficiently, since a tight muscle requires more energy to move than one that is relaxed.