Monday, January 19, 2009
5 Energy BoostersColleen Flynn eDiets Contributor
As much as we'd all like to think energy comes in a bottle, it doesn't. But that doesn't mean you can't find it elsewhere. You just have to know the right places to look for it!
First of all, don't believe the hype. No matter how many commercials you see with energetic, skinny people running around, they didn't get like that from whatever product is for sale. It's called acting, and the product is most likely a scam.
Second of all, one of the most well-known sources of energy drain is stress. You'll see as soon as you learn techniques to reduce stress, your energy levels will increase. One great suggestion to try is deep breathing; another is meditation.
With that said, check out these five surefire tips to aid you in regaining an upward momentum:
1. Get adequate sleep -- This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people suffer from different forms of insomnia. Although the average amount of time is eight hours, it's whatever you need to feel rested and only you can determine that. Avoid caffeine and alcohol to assure a good night's rest.
3. Take a multivitamin -- Eating a balanced diet doesn't insure you'll get the minimum dietary requirements you need for energy. To remind yourself, put your bottle of multivitamins next to your toothpaste or something else you know you'll use at least once a day!
4.Exercise -- Although many people think exercise makes you tired, it does just the opposite if done in moderation. Exercise actually increases energy by getting the heart pumping, providing oxygen to working muscles and by increasing cardio respiratory capacity.
5. Eat breakfast -- Many may think it's not that important, but those who eat breakfast sure can tell the difference on days they skip. Your body is resting all night and the only way to get it started in the morning is by feeding it. It's like trying to start a car without gas -- it won't work. Something light and healthy is a great way to start your day.
Although the idea of a fizzy, lifting drink like the one in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a fantastic one, there is no such thing. Actual products on the market try to persuade the public their liquid energy is a magical experience. But it's not. Red Bull doesn't really give you wiiiings.
And next time you're feeling a little sluggish, don't rush to Starbucks for that Venti Mocha Frappuccino with extra whipped cream. Put on your mp3 player, kick on some energetic music, grab a bottle of water and take a brisk walk.
Everyone could use a little more energy in their day. Just a little push is all we need sometimes to kick into high gear. Just changing a few things in your everyday routine can make a difference. Try these tips -- they're almost a guaranteed prescription for increased energy.