Exercise provides you with a multitude of benefits. Not only does it help you live longer, it also gives you more get-up-and-go throughout the day.
Research suggests that regular exercise can increase energy levels, even for those who suffer from heart disease and cancer. Sure, the first thing you might think when it comes to exercise is that it tires you out, but when it becomes part of your daily routine, your overall energy level will noticeably increase.
A 2006 University of Georgia, Athens study, published in the Psychological Bulletin, compiled 70 studies relating to exercise and fatigue, creating a study pool of nearly 7,000 people. A whopping 90 percent of these studies indicated that people who added exercise to an otherwise static lifestyle, including those battling a chronic medical condition, experienced more energy than they did before starting an exercise regimen.
Make the time to add a walk, swim, bike ride or jog into your regular routine and you will soon see the difference it makes — not only in your energy level, but also in how your clothes fit.
Your body is an engine and it needs the right fuel to run optimally. By choosing high-octane foods, you can increase your energy levels during the course of the day, and avoid the highs and crashes. If you haven't noticed, the sugar and caffeine combo just doesn't cut it.
The following diet tips will keep your energy up all day:
Another important way to keep your energy up in between meals is to eat small healthy snacks, such as a modest handful of nuts, fruit, vegetables, a cheese stick with a few baked crackers, or a small bowl of plain yogurt with berries and honey. Keep snack portions modest since snacks are meant to tide you over – and not stuff you – until your next substantial sit down meal.
It's as obvious as it is taboo in the North American workday, but a little siesta really does go a long way. If there's no sleep room at the office, maybe a quick catnap just when you arrive home is in order.
Lucky us, we inherited the Protestant work ethic of working sun-up to sundown sans the naps. However, when you look around the world, you will find that naps or at least mid-afternoon breaks are part of the culture. There's a very good reason for this.
The Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston conducted a study that focused on a group of 99 students. Researchers compared the time it took them to complete a 3-D maze. The group was split into two: one group took a 90-minute nap, the second group stayed awake before the test.
The group that took the nap was able to navigate the maze faster than those who didn't. The big bonus? The nappers who reported dreaming about the maze actually performed 10 times better than the group who stayed awake.
Maintaining energy levels is really the natural outcome of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and taking a nap cue from your body's natural rhythms will help you feel more alert and also keep you going strong throughout the day. These three steps can put you on the high-energy track of taking care of Y-O-U.
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