Whether it pains you to get out of bed Monday morning (or Wednesday, or even Friday), or you doze off at your desk midday, it’s time to get energized without stimulants.
Caffeine or sugar is often the go-to pick up when you feel a little drained, but it’s a shot of energy that ends with a big crash. We found 5 better ways to boost your energy instantly, so check them out below.
Water, water everywhere: If want to shut off the yawn valve, drink 16 to 24 ounces of ice cold water all at once. Sometimes yawning is a sign of dehydration, and water is the quickest way to restore energy.
Chi-chi-chia seeds: Rather than crunching on chocolate-covered espresso beans, sprinkle some chia seeds on your yogurt, fruit, or cereal in the morning. Chia seeds are packed with vitamin B, one of nature’s best energizers.
Stretch it out: No, not your sweater over your head to block out the light. Stand up and stretch each muscle for 10-15 seconds. Take deep breaths and exhale as you lean deeper into your stretch.
Get out there: Nothing beats fatigue better than exercise. Go for a jog in the morning or take a brisk walk on your lunch break to get the blood flowing and your lungs working. Increased oxygen helps boost energy levels.
Go for the garden: Eating a bowlful of fresh veggies and fruit not only pleases your palate, but also provides your body with energy-boosting nutrients.
The Big Question:
What do you do to beat morning grog or afternoon crashes? Tell us in the comments below!
Real Simple: Get an Energy Boost from Drinking Fluids
Food Watch: Beat the Mid-Afternoon Slump