Many of us look for healthy ways to boost our energy without having to compromise our health so that we can live active, full lives. Even though high doses of caffeine or sugar create bursts of energy, they usually last for a short period of time and can cause additional long-term health problems. We’ve compiled some quick, easy alternatives for you to try and see which ones best fit into your life. Below are five tips to re-boost your energy reserves:
1. Eat a Diet Rich in Protein, Low in Simple Sugars and High in Anti-oxidants:
Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, Registered Dietician through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recommends eating a diet rich in healthy proteins not only boost your energy for longer periods of time, it helps your brain process information better. While boosting your protein intake, it is beneficial at the same time to lower the amount of simple sugars in your diet as well.
- Protein rich foods consist of:
- Beans: Kidney, Black, White, Tepary, Pinto, Garbanzo
- Fish: Salmon, Tuna, Cod Meat: Chicken
- Anti-oxidant rich vegetables: Spinach, Kale, Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Eggplant
- Healthy Complex Carbohydrates: Couscous, Jasmine Brown Rice, Garbanzo Beans, Quinoa
2. Try a Tasty Cup of Green Tea:
“Green tea does deliver some caffeine, but it has literally hundreds of anti-oxidants … that boost metabolism and stove the metabolic fires,” states Dr. Gerbstadt. She notes how having one to two cups of green tea throughout the day can give you a healthy boost to your energy and keep you motor hummin’.
3. Try a 20 Minute Power Nap:
Psychologist, James Maas from Cornell University, coined the phrase “power nap.” However, this type of napping has been around for hundreds of years used by physicists, artists and mathematicians alike. The idea is to bring your body into a light sleep mode for 6 – 30 minutes before you actually go into deep sleep. The “power nap” allows the bodies’ neurological system from the brain to the nerves to power down and reboot again refreshed and ready to do more thinking and energetic functioning. It is the equivalent of your computer system going into a “sleep mode.” This is an easy, quick and healthy way to gain your second wind of the day.
4. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise:
Exercise is a healthy, energetic, endorphin releasing way of boosting your overall energy. Doing 20 – 30 minutes of vigorous exercise at least three times per week helps raise your energy level daily. It can be any type of exercise whether you are athletic, playful, structured, competitive or not try a combination of the following:
Walk, Run, Hula Hoop, Bicycle, Hike, Rock Climb, Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics, Cross-fit, Belly Dance, Jazz, Tap Dance, Swim, Climb a Tree, Roller Blade, Skateboard, Salsa, Pilates, Weight Train ….. (you get the idea) …
5. Mindful Meditation:
Dr. Judith Orloff, author of Positive Energy, is pioneering the field of Energy Psychiatry. This is a new field that works with individuals and the energetic component of mental, emotional and spiritual health. Energy Psychiatry blends the practice of mainstream medicine with an emerging scientific understanding of how theses energies affect our daily lives. In her book she gives several tips on how to boost your energy in a supportive way. One recommendation she gives is to do a walking meditation. She says, “Walking meditations are joyous exercises in mindfulness, putting one foot in front of the other and being in the NOW moment.” For more info you can visit her website: Dr. Judith Orloff Website .