Let’s face it, working out at the gym isn’t the hard part, it’s getting up the energy to actually go to the gym that’s the hard part. Gaining and keeping energy throughout the day isn’t an easy task. Some might not have any energy at all. In this blog we’re going to discuss different things you can do to increase your energy level.
In people that have low energy levels, physical activity may seem exhausting just to think about. But in all actuality, it can help boost your energy. Exercise (even a brisk walk) helps circulate oxygen in your body and also gives cells more energy to burn. It also can lead to higher dopamine levels in your brain, elevating your mood. If you’re not used to working out or exercising, start slow and try incorporating some exercise into your daily routine. While this alone won’t increase energy levels, there are several other things to add into your new routine.
Drink Plenty of Water
One of the initial major signs of dehydration is fatigue. Keeping your body hydrated is important when it comes to increasing your energy levels. Water has been proven to boost performance for most physical activities. If you don’t already, drink plenty of water before, during and after your workouts to ensure your body is staying hydrated. Even if you aren’t exercising that day, still incorporate lots of water into your daily routine.
Eat Foods High in Energy
Your increased fatigue could be caused by your diet. Try incorporating foods that are known for boosting energy such as fruits, eggs, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, nuts, fish, and spinach. Any food with a low glycemic index is beneficial because their sugars are absorbed slowly, stopping that initial feeling of fatigue after eating lunch or dinner. High-carbohydrate foods are at the highest end of the glycemic index, with proteins and fats having a glycemic index of close to nothing.
Regulate Your Sleep Pattern
One of the most common reasons people feel fatigued is because they aren’t getting enough rest. This can be caused by a multitude of things including insomnia, stress, busy schedules, dehydration, and more. It’s important to get your body on a regular sleep schedule in order to see your energy enhance. Get to the bottom of your sleep issue, and you’re sure to gain energy after a full night’s worth of rest.
Did you know that stress consumes large amounts of your energy? We all get stressed sometimes, it’s about learning how to deal and cope with that stress that can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining your energy. Anxiety and depression can also come with high levels of stress. It’s important to pinpoint the cause of your stress and find ways to cope in your daily routine. For some, it’s through exercise, for others it might be a long hot bath, a long chat with a friend, a good book/movie, etc. What works for someone else, might not work for you, so find things that tailor to you and your situation.
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