We've all been in a place where we can't stop yawning and we can't stay focused. Our mind is wandering because our body is tired. There are many ways to increase that energy, but I wanted to focus on 5 ways to increase your energy that are free of charge!
I understand, this sounds ridiculous, "Of course sleep gives you more energy!" What I've learned though, thanks to my Fitbit that I wear at night, how much better sleep I get and how much more refreshed I am if I have a CONSISTENT sleep pattern.
I have young kids, a day job, a side hustle, another side hustle, I'm married, have multiple pets, and hobbies that all require time and attention. Don't give me excuses on how you can't have a consistent sleep pattern. It's up to you to decide you need to value sleep.
I can sleep 6 hours every night and feel more refreshed than if I were to sleep 8 hours one night, 5 the next, then 9, then 7. I strive to be asleep by 11pm every night and wake up at 5am to get my daily routine started. That's a whole other topic that helps me have energy that I need to talk about another time.
Consistent sleep patterns are going to give you more energy because your body knows how to react each night and morning.
2. An Apple
I'm not sure where I heard this wisdom from, but I am sure glad I have it. I've been told this, and I have nothing to back it up with, biting into an apple and eating it is equivalent to one cup of coffee.
I don't drink coffee so this is hard to reference back to a comparison for me, but the act of eating an apple in the morning is very awakening. If I were to have a rough night and one of my kids didn't sleep well, meaning I didn't sleep well, eating an apple helps wake me up.
Now it is important to understand, this doesn't mean cutting up apple slices and eating them, no, it only works in my experience by eating a whole apple. It requires more work, but it's more refreshing and that little bit of effort gets your mind going rather than just effortlessly biting a perfect slice. You need to search out the next spot on your apple, it gets your mind going as well as your body.
Did you know that tiredness can be a sign of dehydration? It can! So I always start my day with water and try to consume a gallon of water every day. Granted, each person is different in their water intake needs, and you do get some hydration from fruits and vegetables, like the apple I mentioned above, but our bodies are mostly made up of water. It makes sense to replenish your body with the water it needs to make sure your body is in good working order. If your body is in good, working order, it's more like to be efficient with the energy that you do have.
You've all heard the phrase from Newton's First Law of Motion, or the Law of Inertia, "An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion". And it's entirely true! Last year, I was 195 lbs. this year, I am 155 lbs. When I was 195lbs, I was always tired and had very little motivation to get up and move. One day with my wife's encouragement, I made the conscious decision to move more, exercise more and just do more! Well, the weight loss mostly came from a change in diet, but the change in motion is what really changed my life.
I am more able to keep up with my 6 and 3 year old and am more willing to do the high energy things they want to do because I am moving more. Like I mentioned above, I have a routine, it starts at 5am and includes exercise, at least 45 minutes of it. That has increased my energy level to where I want to do more. I want to go walk my dog rather than sit on the couch and watch TV, my body wants to stay in motion!
I mentioned before that I changed my diet. I grew up on fast food, I still love it to be honest with you. But my body has a harder time processing it. I already had a great Heart Rate and good blood pressure, but I noticed my resting HR dropped by almost 10 beats per minute after a couple months of diet. I always know when I am falling off track because I see my resting HR creep up a couple beats.
This doesn't need to be some extreme diet to lose weight, unless that's one of your goals, but eating more fruits and vegetables, more salads with less dressing, leaner meat like grilled chicken and fish and ground turkey. It all adds up. My heart is healthier, my body is healthier, and that makes my mind more focused and energized.
Of course, your results may vary, but these have been a HUGE help to me and my energy levels. Try it out, get back to me, and feel free to tell me what does and doesn't work for you!
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