How to get your energy back naturally

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Many people complain of fatigue frequently. After long hours at the office, housework, caring for children and running errands, it would take a superhero to not feel tired. You may be tempted to chug an energy drink or a few cups of coffee when you’re running low on fuel, but doing so will only give you a boost for a few hours, followed by a hard crash – not to mention how damaging continued use of energy drinks and supplements are to your health. The fact remains that you’re exhausted though – so how do you get your energy back naturally?

Get Some Exercise

It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise and work your body harder when you’re already tired. But the truth is, exercise is vital to getting adequate rest. Even if you manage to get eight hours of sleep at night, if you are not getting quality sleep, it won’t matter how long you stay in bed. Aim to exercise at least a little each day, even if it means just taking the steps at work instead of the elevator.

Delegate

If you’re exhausted at the end of every day, it’s likely that you’re overworked. Now who can really prevent being overworked these days, with kids and jobs and houses to take care of? But some people – women especially – have a habit of taking on more work than they can handle and are tired and stressed because their load is simply too heavy for just one person to carry. Stop chastising yourself for not being able to get it all done, and delegate some tasks that can be done by others who are willing to help out. If you can’t get help, let it go. The dishes will wait until tomorrow.

Avoid Large Meals

Instead of eating three big meals a day, which will undoubtedly contribute to that mid-afternoon slump (surely there are actually two hours hidden in between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon). Instead, try to eat four to five smaller meals or snacks throughout the day to sustain your energy. Make sure you are eating foods that will contribute to your energy levels instead of suck them dry. Swap heavy carbs for almonds, fruits and other snacks.

Make an effort to gain more energy naturally instead of constantly resorting to quick fixes and you will notice that your energy levels begin to rise. You will also notice that you begin to have more energy overall, without experiencing significant drops in your energy levels every day!

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Winter Workout Tips

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Working out in the winter can be tough. It’s cold, you really don’t want to go outside and curling up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa sounds way better than donning your yoga pants and getting your exercise on. However, if you don’t keep your fitness level up through the winter, it will be that much harder to get back in the groove when it warms up and when you actually do want to get out there and stay fit.

Here are some easy ways to get your butt into gear during the winter when all you really want to be doing is snuggling up next to the heater with a good book.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is commonly used for depressive disorders, especially Seasonal Affective Disorder – a disorder in which many people become depressed or notice depressive symptoms in the winter, when they don’t get out as much or are stuck in the house. Light therapy uses a solar lamp to deliver white light for a specified period each day. While it is primarily used for depression and other similar disorders, you can use it to help you get motivated to exercise. Because it can help boost mood during times that there is less natural light available – like during the winter – you can use light therapy to fool yourself into feeling revved up just like you do when the sun is shining outside.

Vitamin D Caplets

The sun increases your body’s available Vitamin D, and in the winter, we naturally get less vitamin D because we are exposed to less natural light. If you can’t get a solar lamp, consider supplementing your diet with vitamin D caplets during the winter. You can also use vitamin D supplementation in addition to light therapy. Vitamin D can help you feel more energized during the winter, instead of tired and lethargic.

Bite The Bullet

Getting out of bed or off the couch and working out is the hardest part – once you’re actually up and doing it, it’s no big deal. Working out makes you feel fabulous for the rest of the day. Even if it’s a blizzard outside, you’ll feel great all day and have the energy to power thorough your “to do” list. So just bite the bullet, get up and exercise. Flip on your winter workout DVD and go to town, even if you can only stand to do 10 minutes of it. Throw your hair up, slip on your tennis shoes and get in the car before you can talk yourself out of going to the gym. It’s hard getting going during the winter, but once you’re finished, you’ll be glad you did it. 

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