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10 Ways to Boost Energy

Due to the focus of my blog posts over the last two weeks or so, it has become fairly apparent to me that I am lacking in energy, motivation, etc. I imagine that many other North Americans and people world-wide are experiencing the same feelings of fatigue, lethargy, and malaise. How can we remedy this?

Here are 10 relatively quick ways to boost energy:

1. Ensure that you are getting enough protein in your diet. For non-vegetarians and vegetarians, eating red meat will most definitely help with energy levels. Sorry, to the non-meat eaters, but it’s true.

2. Increase your veggie consumption. While protein is imperative, greens are also an integral component of any diet. Rich in (good) energy, antioxidants (yes, I know I’m using a trendy word), fibre – you get the picture.

3.  Meditate for 5-10 minutes per day. Quiet time allows your brain to process and clarify the days events. Having a moment of solitude each and every day will leave you feeling restored, focused, and ready for action (not that you always need to be in action).

4. Go to the doctor. No, this isn’t necessarily a quick way to increase your energy levels, but you could be iron deficient or low in B12, both of which will influence your energy levels and you can’t test those at home.

5. Buy a pedometer. “Say, what?” Yes, buy one of those fancy gadgets. It will give you an objective measure of how active you are per day. Once you have a baseline value, you can work to increase that number. Increasing the number of steps you take per day will definitely help in the energy boosting department.

6. Drink water. No brainer.

7. Limit the caffeine. Two cups a day, before noon should be enough. Too much caffeine can lead to restlessness, mood shifts and poor sleep.

8. No iPhone, computer, or TV before bed. While you think it is relaxing, it is actually stimulating various parts of your brain. Which is exactly the opposite of what you want before bedtime.

9. Watch the chocolate and chips. I know, I know, you’ve heard this 10,000 times more than you want to. But seriously, high levels of salt and sugar consumption will undoubtedly affect your mood, well-being, and energy levels.

10.  Engage in self-massage (PG rated). Rubbing your arms, shoulders, legs, or feet has been shown to reduce stress levels. Reducing stress will help to improve your energy.

There you have it, 10 relatively quick ways to boost your energy.

Happy long-weekending.

M

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