It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon and I’m dragging. I am at that point of the day when I feel totally run down – and this is not my first time. We all have those days. However, I came to realize that when I’m feeling tired and worn-out more often than not, I can always count on these 5 ways to maintain my energy levels all day:
- Get regular sleep
Sometimes, tight schedules can force us into working late into the night. These late nights plus early mornings mean no time to sleep at all. As a result, after a few days, you will notice that your body is becoming less active and you also start feeling drowsy. This is because, when you are sleeping, your body takes advantage of this time to stock up your energy reserves. Therefore, when you do not get enough sleep, you will be quickly running out of energy and strength. You will start feeling exhausted when it’s only 10 am. Therefore, make sure that you get enough sleep of at least 6 hours every day so as to get enough energy to keep you running throughout the day.
- Exercise regularly
Do you have any fitness goals? What are you doing to achieve them? Regular exercise is very important to our bodies. This is because it promotes endurance and stamina. This means that if you keep engaging in physical exercise on a regular basis, you are indirectly training your body to remain active even on low energy levels. Regular exercise also promotes circulation of blood and this helps in making you feel active. It is really hard to find someone who is bored after an intense session at the gym. Working out “wakes up” all your body organs and increases your attention and concentration.
- Adopt healthy eating habits
Food acts as fuel to our body. However, you need to understand the right type of food to eat for you remain energetic throughout the day. Teach yourself to adopt healthy eating habits. When it comes to food, it is always more about the quality of the food than the quantity. Speaking of quality, always eat a balanced diet to ensure that you benefit from all nutrients available. Moreover, learn how to prepare your food so as to utilize all the nutrients available. Eat green, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruits every chance you can. This is because they contain vitamins that are vital for our health. Moreover, they also have antioxidants which work to boost our energy.
- Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water comes with a number of benefits to your health. However, some of these benefits are often overlooked because their importance is not emphasized as much as those of the rest. Did you know that sometimes headaches are caused by dehydration? This is why it is advisable to first take a glass of water instead of rushing to the nearest pharmacy to get some painkillers. Drinking plenty of water nourishes your body and this helps in maintaining your energy levels all day. Water also aids in detoxifying our bodies and this leaves us feeling fresh and replenished.
- Eat protein
Besides carbohydrates, proteins are also a good choice when it comes to eating energy-rich foods. Have you ever wondered why most smoothies or workout supplements are rich in proteins? This is because proteins have a way of replenishing and nourishing you and thus making you feel refreshed. Moreover, when you are taking protein shakes or supplements, you never have to worry about gaining extra pounds or counting the calories as in the case of carbohydrates. Eat protein-rich foods such as wholemeal, fish, and nuts among others.
Final words on 5 ways to maintain your energy levels all day
Depending on your schedule, maintaining your energy levels all day can be quite a hassle. However, if you eat right – and you eat the right type of foods you will be one step closer to boosting your energy levels. Moreover, hydrate as often as possible by drinking at least 6 glasses of water every day. Emphasize on eating foods rich in proteins since this is one nutrient that is notorious for boosting your energy reserves. Find time to exercise regularly to train your body to remain active even at low energy levels. Finally, get enough sleep and adopt healthy eating habits and you will be good to go. So, who wants to go for a run?