Nov 10, 2014

Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Energy Up this Fall

With Fall upon us, we all have to resist the urge tuck in and sleep until April. The days are cooler, the nights are longer, and energy is naturally lower.  Instead of giving in to the urge to hibernate, follow these 5 suggestions to help you keep your energy levels higher this Fall:

  1. Limit Caffeine
    It may sound counterintuitive, but cutting back on caffeine can actually help you gain better energy levels.  A morning coffee is the number one reason for a mid-afternoon slump as your body runs out the adrenaline you’ve been creating all morning as a result of your coffee, and leaves you depleted in the afternoon. Switching to lower caffeine options, such as green or white tea allows your body to use the proper channels of metabolism for energy.  This leads to the next point….
  2. Choose a Complex Breakfast with Protein
    Gluten free complex carbohydrates such as quinoa, kasha and millet will provide you with long lasting energy to fuel your morning. A breakfast with simple carbohydrates, sugar, or too much fruit, can spike your blood sugar levels and lead to a mid-morning energy slump. Adding protein to your breakfast will further balance your blood sugar, and give you sustained energy. Complex with protein is the way to go especially when limiting caffeine!
  3. Get Fresh Air
    There is a tendency to stay inside more in the Fall due to the colder and wetter weather. Getting just a few minutes of fresh air a couple of times throughout the day is a great way to get some instant alertness, and refresh your mind. It can also decrease your stress levels as it forces you to step away from your desk for 5 minutes, and you will return to work with a clear, rejuvenated mind. Hey, if smokers can take smoke breaks, then why can’t the rest of us take fresh air breaks?
  4. Eat Your Greens
    Fall is not the time that we typically think to eat salads and green smoothies; our bodies start to naturally crave more hearty foods this time of year. But ensuring that you continue to get fresh food into your diet a couple of times a day will give you the vital nutrients needed to keep your mind alert and your immune system healthy.
  5. Sleep!
    I knew you’d like this last suggestion! Many of us are sleep deprived as life demands more of our time every day. But with the evenings getting dark earlier, why not take advantage of your body’s natural inclination to go to sleep earlier? Set your PVR for that 10 or 11pm show you watch, and start your evening routine an hour earlier. Remember to put your phone down an hour before you plan to fall asleep, screen time has been shown to keep our minds active and inhibit sleep.  Taking advantage of this extra hour of sleep will go a long way to keep your energy high the next day!  The most restorative sleep is between 10 pm and midnight.

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