Energy seems to be one of the most common health concerns among our society these days. People are getting burnt out at their 9-5, are more stressed, and don’t have any energy to cook a healthy meal or exercise. We feel good when we have high levels of energy. It helps us think clearly, be more productive, and is a factor to our happiness and well-being. I know from experience that having lack of energy is no fun. You don’t want to do anything! You work all week and by the time the weekend comes you just want to vegetate on the couch and binge watch “Pretty Little Liars” on Netflix. Next thing you know, Monday is right around the corner and you do it all over again.
While Monday is inevitable, you can change your energy levels. Today I’m going to give 5 tips to increase energy and to help you be more productive throughout the day.
5 Tips to Increase Energy
This one is so obvious but many of us ignore this. I used to stay up until 1-2 in the morning and then have to get up around 7 a.m. for an 8 a.m. class. I was so drained by the time class was over and I would go nap in my car until my next class or before rowing practice. Instead I could have used that time to get homework and studying done. Sleep is important, that’s a fact. Making sure you get enough sleeps is a part of the self-care you need to restore your body and energy.
So take a look at your sleeping patterns or keep a journal. Try to have a consistent sleeping schedule and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. If you feel that you can’t get to bed early because you’re not tired, take a look at your lifestyle. Are you having caffeine after 3 p.m. or are you stressing out about a deadline or exam? Try and do your best to fix the things you can to give you a better night sleep. Sleep along can increase your energy levels significantly.
2. Chia Seeds
Let’s take a lesson from the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. They knew how to sustain their energy with the little Chia seed. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 and omega-6 which can help fight adrenal fatigue. It also is high in protein and fiber that regulates sugar levels so you won’t feel that midday crash.
3. Say No to Simple Carbs
Not all carbs are bad. It’s the simple carbs that are found in sugary drinks, processed foods, and sweet treats that burn out quickly. Think of it as firewood. If you buy the cheap bundle from Von’s, it burns out within 30 minutes. But if you invest in a good piece of oak, that baby will burn and burn all night! haha. So think of carbs like that. Don’t fuel your body with cheap, fill it with quality. Opt in for complex carbs like whole-grains, nuts, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. This will keep your body supplied with lots of energy for the day.
4. The “Energy Vitamin”
AKA B12. If you are deficient in B12 one sign is your decrease in energy levels. Unlike it’s fat-soluble cousin, B12 is water-soluble and cannot be stored in the body. So you have to constantly be getting it either via a multivitamin or by eating foods high in B12 such as soy products, shellfish, cheese, eggs, and fortified cereals.
Are you drinking enough water? The easiest way to calculate this is to take your body weight and divide it in half. That number is how many ounces you need per day and you need even more if you workout. Dehydration can drain your energy and leave you feeling exhausted.
Mineral water is even better because it is filled with calcium and magnesium. Magnesium plays an important role in many biological functions and the regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure. It’s also necessary for the production of energy. So sipping some bubbly can improve your energy even more.
I hope these 5 tips help you increase your energy so you can start feeling better and more productive. Now let’s talk about the #sparklingdetox challenge! This will help you gain energy, motivate, and inspire you to live a healthy and clean life. Soooo…
I want to feel great, you want to feel great, we all want to feel great and be the best we can be. That is why I am joining Gerolsteiner for the #SparklingDetox challenge! For 5 days (9/12-9/16) we will be committing to drink only Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. Not only is this a detox for the body but also for your life. Living healthy shouldn’t be difficult and we can achieve one with proper balance. Balance of exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation.
Why Detox with Mineral Water?
Mineral water provides amazing benefits (read more –>link to post #1). You will feel better and brighter as your body reaps the benefits of hydration and minerals of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Waters. Being healthy shouldn’t be hard and with this easy challenge we will show you that.
You will receive amazing support by Gerolsteiner through our awesome Facebook group. You can join the Gerolsteiner Sparkling Detox Group to get tips about nutrition, fitness, and relaxation through the challenge by fitness trainer and nutritionist Ariane Hundt.
Did I mention that you have a chance to win one case of Gerolsteiner?? That’s enough to supply you for the entire Sparkling Detox Challenge! 300 lucky participants to be exact! So head over to the sweepstakes page and enter to win and while your add it don’t forget to join the Gerolsteiner Sparkling Detox Group!
The #SparklingDetox is going to be so much fun! Icarus (my cat) thinks you should join too! I can’t wait to do it with you all. Cheers to feeling better, having more energy, and treating our bodies well.