WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR ENERGY LEVEL

With the holidays approaching, everybody could use a little energy boost. Think of all the things you could do if just had the extra energy. There are many things you can do to help increase your energy levels. However, the three main things that influence your energy levels are as follows; sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Here’s why.

>>Sleep- The average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I know this may be difficult for some people (especially if they are working full-time jobs, raising kids, etc.), but try to get an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause many health problems. If you find yourself tired during the day, take a power nap. (A short 20-60 min nap can boost energy, alertness, and memory!)

>>Eat Healthier- Skip all the junk, fried, and fast food. The more “natural” the food, the better. (Fruits, mixed nuts, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins) Whole grains and fruits will give you a sustained source of energy. Combine that with some B vitamins (from eggs, almonds, meat) to help convert food into energy. You get out what you put in, so make sure you are eating quality foods!

>>Get Active- It makes sense to think that physical activity decreases energy levels, but many studies have shown that regular exercise actually increases energy levels. By doing physical activity, you are making your body produce energy via cellular respiration and increasing blood flow throughout your body. Exercise will also increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance, which in turn will allow you to perform more tasks during the day. If you don’t have time for a workout, take a brisk walk. You’d be amazed to see how much of a difference it makes!

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Just hang in there, the holidays are just around the corner! Hopefully these tips give you some extra energy until then. You handle the sleep and nutrition while the coaches at Gentry’s make sure that you get enough physical activity! Come check out our fitness classes. Here is a link to our schedule.

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