A walk outside in the sunshine is a mood and energy booster that you might be familiar with but did you know chewing gum could perk you up as well? Or that drinking water can keep your energy levels high?
We've rounded up 9 of the healthiest energy boosters that will perk you up instantly and keep you energized throughout the day.
Sunshine is a completely natural way to boost your mood while taking in a bit of energy. When you’re feeling sluggish head outside for a few minutes, soak up some vitamin D and come back feeling refreshed.
We’ve all heard that too much sitting is terrible for our bodies, but a sedentary state is also wreaking havoc on our energy levels. When you sit for long periods blood vessels constrict and muscles fall asleep, putting your whole body into a slump. Luckily there’s a simple solution, standing, walking and stretching for just a few minutes will wake you back up.
Though it may be tough to motivate your brain to go the extra mile, speeding up and challenging yourself is a great way to beat that 3 p.m. slump. Instead of dragging on doing the same work all day, break the sluggish pace by learning something new or playing a quick game that requires some thinking. Limit the time-out to 15 minutes and then go back to what you need to do.
Bring that energized post-workout feeling back to the office and be more productive throughout the day. Studies have found exercise improves blood flow to the brain, helps people process new information, increases productivity and, of course, makes you feel more energized.
It’s been said that laughter is contagious, so it’s not surprising that upbeat, high-energy people can make others feel more energized too. Surrounding yourself with positive people is good for your happiness, stress levels and they may just be the energy boost you need in your day.
As silly as it sounds, not getting enough oxygen can certainly make you feel tired. Most of us don’t breathe very deeply during a typical day, but with the help of breathing exercises we can get some extra oxygen into our systems. Try sitting up straight, closing your eyes and taking a few slow deep breaths—hold for a few seconds before you exhale slowly and afterward feel refreshed.
Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue—even mild dehydration can leave you feeling tired. Few people get the recommended amount of water each day and as a result the heart and organs need to work harder to deliver nutrients. The extra strain makes us feel sleepy, so be sure to drink enough water daily and when you're feeling sluggish reach for some water.
Your body best when it has enough sleep, water and food. Skipping meals isn’t good for weight loss or energy levels. Fuel up regularly with healthy wholesome meals and snacks to feel good throughout the day.
According to a UK study one less-than-obvious, but very effective energy booster is gum. The study found subjects who had chewed gum for 15 minutes felt more alert than those who did not, likely due to an increase in heart rate. In addition to the faster heart rate and better blood flow, mint gum is particularly effective at stimulating taste buds.