Monday, April 13, 2015

Energy boost, continued...


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I found many energy boosting tips for my article but I wanted to keep it simple.

Here are some ideas to help with energy per Greatest.com:

1. Work out midday…
2. Power nap…
3. Hit the candy bowl. Sure chocolate's got caffeine, but that's not the only reason it offers a quick pick-me-up. Flavonoids found in cocoa have been shown to boost cognitive skills and improve mood…
4. Drink some joe… One study found that a single cup of coffee was enough to keep sleepy drivers on a long haul more alert at the wheel.
5. Go outside…
6. Eat regularly…
7. Reach for complex carbs… Complex carbs (like whole grains) are a good bet. The dose of glucose they provide serves as food for the brain, and one study found a meal of complex carbs made subjects feel more energized . Studies have also found low-carb dieters to be moodier than those who do eat carbs...
8. Sip sugar-free drinks…
9. Add some greens…
10. Laugh…
11. Stretch it out…
12. Open the curtains…
13. Chew-se wisely. Instead of nodding off during an endless meeting, eat a small piece of candy or pop a piece of gum. One study found chewing gum can increase alertness and improve mood...
14. Think fast. It may not sound so easy when those eyelids are drooping, but making the brain work a little quicker may help the body follow suit! Thinking faster (i.e. reading at a quicker pace, brainstorming in a group, or learning a new concept) made one group of study subjects feel more energized.
15. Take a cold shower…
16. Seek some lemon-aid. Sniffing certain scents (a.k.a. aromatherapy) is rumored to have all kinds of mood benefits, but lemon oil is one of the only essential oils with proven support. Lemon is considered a stimulating scent, and one study showed it improved subjects' moods.
17. Take a few deep breaths…
18. Drink. Whether at the gym or just dealing with the daily grind, it can be hard to remember to drink enough water. But even mild dehydration can cause sleepiness, so try chugging a glass or two when fatigue strikes…
19. Flick a switch. Circadian rhythms can have a big impact on how alert we feel, but one study found feeling more awake (at any time of day) can be as easy is flipping on some lights.
20. Be social…
21. Turn up the volume. Don't just turn on to tunes to chill out. Listening to music and tapping those toes significantly increased college kids' alertness in one study.Pin 22. And sing along…
23. Choose the window seat…
24. See red. Studies have shown the color red is associated with winning and self-confidence . Try looking at some red or violet hues (or wearing them) to feel more awake.
25. Straighten up. Slouching over the computer could cause fatigue earlier in the day
26. Do something interesting…
27. Adjust the temperature. Being too cold may cause the body's temperature to drop, which tells it "time to sleep!"…
28. Leave the desk. Chowing down in front of the computer makes overeating even more likely. But getting away from the desk at lunchtime could help reenergize and refocus, too…”


Hopefully something on the list provided interests you and helps boost your energy. I’ll be incorporating a few of the ideas: increased magnesium, unsweetened tea, naps and early day work outs (starting small with stretching)!

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