Increase Energy Level

Guaranteed ways to boost your energy level and keep you motivated to live your life off the couch!

We have all felt this way, tired, run down, lazy. Some days we just want to stay in bed and others, it's just a chore to go through our daily routine. We may think what we need is more rest at night, a few naps during the day. When you feel tired you automatically assume you need more sleep. There are many reasons for feeling fatigued and before you try any of these things, it is important to have a check up with your doctor to be sure you have no physical ailments. Some reasons for feeling tired are depression, low iron and certain illnesses, make sure this does not apply to you.

The first thing you should know is, you don't need more sleep. If you are getting six to eight hours per night, sleep is not going to perk you up. Sometimes too much sleep can make us even more tired and lethargic. Energy generates energy. The first and most important thing you need to do for your body is exercise. You might think that exercising will make you more tired, but it will actually get your energy up and get your metabolism going. If you can just force yourself through a simple exercise routine each morning, you can raise your energy level tremendously and it can last throughout the day. Some simple aerobics, walking, jogging or even an eight minute workout video can make all the difference in the world. Make exercising a part of your daily routine so that it is something you automatically do each day.

Drink plenty of water. You may have been harped on for most of your life about the importance of drinking eight glasses of water per day. It can be tough to drink that much water, but it really does make you feel better. When our bodies do not get enough water they can feel run down, dehydration can slow you down. Water helps the body in so many different ways from skin tone to your weight. It just makes good health sense to drink plenty of water. In order to motivate yourself, get six to eight bottles of water and place them in the fridge, this way, you'll see how much you have left and it may encourage you to drink more. You can refill the bottles with tap water if spring water is too pricey or you have good tasting water in your faucet. Water has no calories, there is no excuse!



Eat right. Well, that's easy to say but harder to do. Try to add more fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and proteins into your diet. Protein can give you more energy as can complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates include whole grain breads, crackers, cereals, etc. Simple carbohydrates simply generate sugar in your system which can give a short burst of energy but then leaves you lower than you started. Think of your body as a car and the food you put in it as fuel. If you add rocket fuel, you'll get a short fast burst and then plummet into space. Feed your body healthy foods and do it in small amounts at a time, like adding wood to the fire. You wouldn't want to put all your logs on at once, keep the fire burning at an even pace and it will last all day.

Start a project. If you have something you are interested in, a hobby or special interest, your mind will be stimulated which will add more energy to your day. Sometimes we feel tired out of simple boredom, if you have some sort of project going on you will be motivated to be alert in order to take care of the day's business so you will have time for your project. If you don't have any hobbies or specific interests, you might think of volunteer work. Having an important purpose is a great energy booster. When you have something important to do, it's a lot easier to get off the couch and be active. There are many organizations in your area who would be happy to have you.

Go out and play! Go to the park, play outside with your children, learn to skate, go fishing, anything that gets you outside. Fresh air energizes you and helps you sleep better. Ever notice that when your children play outside all day they fall asleep before their heads hit the pillow? You can even do your exercising outside and kill two birds with one stone. Go outside into the world and breath deeply, meet other people and just take some time to play. People weren't meant to live indoors twenty-four hours a day, we need sunlight and fresh air for our bodies to function properly. There have even been studies which suggest that artificial lighting can cause depression and general fatigue.

The most important step to gaining more energy is to just get started. Once you begin exercising and getting out, you will immediately notice the difference. The knowledge that you are doing something healthy for your body and mind will spur you on and give you confidence and boundless energy. Once you regain your energy, the possibilities are endless, think of all you can accomplish when you aren't feeling so tired! Of course, we will all drop the ball and fall into old ways from time to time, don't beat your self up. Just pick it up and get started again, the energy is there for the taking.

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