Some easy tips to increasing energy levels
Do you ever feel lazy and think that you just do not have enough energy at times to do the things you really want to do. Well if you do, your not alone. The fast-paced lives we lead compounded with excessive stress levels whether work related or just personal stress from every day life can at times become overwhelming. Well to get to the bottom of this, energy is the essential ingredient that keeps us going and recharges us over and over. So if you ever feel that you just do not have enough energy at times try a couple of these simple yet effective tips that can increase you energy levels and allow you to feel like your regular self.
1. Get a good night sleeep
Getting 8 hours of sleep every night is important but what many of us do not realize is that what time you fall asleep is just as important. Therefore, what time you fall asleep and how long you are asleep for is vital to how we feel in the morning. So why is this? Its because our bodies follow a 24 hour cycle that is connected to natural light exposure. The later we fall asleep at night, the later we tend to wake up in the morning, which in turn the more we are out of sync with our cycles. Sleeping between the hours of 10pm and waking up around 6am optimal to maintaining energy levels.
2. Stretching and Meditation
This is one of the easiest ways to increase your energy levels. If you work in an office where you are sitting down for most of the day or doing a job that requires a lot of repetitive work you must be well aware how sore some parts of your body can get at times. Regular stretching does not only keep your muscles and tendons in a health state; it also keeps the brain in a health state by allowing ours brain's arteries to remain open and unclogged. Although the brain in weigh to our overall body is a small amount; the brain uses 15% of overall blood flow. Therefore, maintaining a good flow of blood to this most vital organ is essential to our overall health. So try a little stretching in the morning or before going to sleep.
Try meditation in combination with stretching. Meditation has been one of the most popular methods of reducing stress and helping lead a health lifestyle. Meditation does not require any sort of equipment or specialized training to learn, can be done almost anywhere, and doesn't not require a lot of time, usually 15-20 minutes a day.
3. Eating bigger meals in the middle of the day
Eating bigger meals in the middle of the day. Well the logistic in this is that your body's digestive system is more active during the middle of the day, so by eating bigger (still healthy) meals in the middle of the day allows your body to digest the food and convert it into energy much more efficiently than it can at night when the digestive system tends to slow down. Also do not forget that eating healthy meals and staying away from excessive sugar, processed foods and coffee will all contribute to your energy levels. Also do not forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day and get enough protein each and every day.
4. Do cardio workouts 4 times a week for at least 20 minutes
Oxygen is vital to how our body's function. Getting in those cardio workouts increases our body's ability to get oxygen to our cells. This in turn lowers cholestrol, decreases body fat, increases metabolism, and lowers blood pressure. If you are not doing any of the other things mentioned in this hub, at least try getting on a regular cardio program the benefits are endless.