Feeling like you’ve lost the pep in your step? Everyone does at some time or another. Your diet, exercise regimen and even some prescription medications could be the culprits. Recognizing what may be sapping your energy can help you stay energized. No time like the present to take a look at what can energize you in a healthy way and what zaps your energy.
Get enough sleep on a regular basis. Avoid caffeine several hours before bedtime; it interferes with the sleep cycle. The body recuperates during sleep after a long day of processing information at work and hitting the gym. Speaking of the gym, exercise can re-energize you. It revitalizes you mentally and physically. Too much exercise can have negative effects on your energy reserves and your immune system. Nix over training.
Drink up- with water, that is. Stay hydrated. Water plays an important role in many of your body’s processes. Steer clear of “high energy drinks.” They are high in 2 things, sugar and caffeine, both of which you don’t need if you want to maintain a consistent energy level. Sugar highs inevitably result in a crash and caffeine can give you a headache once it wears off.
Eat regularly. Going too long between meals can drain your energy. Working through lunch? Pack a healthy snack like fruit or yogurt until you can get time for a nutritious meal. You can take a daily supplement to help as well. Oh, you’ve cut back on calories? Careful, a diet with extremely low calories for an extended period can cause your body to go into starvation mode and slow your metabolism. Eat small meals every 3 hours or so to keep your energy up.
Avoid foods high in sugar. Have a back up plan for when that midday meeting runs over. Pack snacks like whole grain crackers and low fat cheese, fruit, nuts, cereal, whole grain bread and peanut butter. All are healthy choices to keep on hand.
Too often we want a quick pick me up but the aftereffects can leave you worse off than before. Whole grains are absorbed at a slower rate by your body which helps steady your blood sugar and energy level. Foods that consist of a small portion of protein along with complex carbohydrates are just what your body needs to stay energized. Who said you couldn’t eat, drink, sleep and be energized?