Sunday, March 31, 2013

An at-home workout program to increase your energy

Tired?

Here are a few suggestions to help fight fatigue:

Drink lots of water. A dehydrated body functions less efficiently.

Reduce or limit caffeine. 1 or 2 caffeinated drinks per day like coffee, tea or cola can boost your energy and mental alertness, but more than 6 caffeinated drinks per day may make you anxious, irritable, and negatively affect your performance.

Eat breakfast. Food boosts your metabolism and gives your body energy to burn.

Don't skip meals. Going without food for too long allows blood sugar levels to dip. Try to eat regularly to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.

Don't crash diet. Low calorie diets or diets that severely restrict carbohydrates don't contain enough energy for your body's needs. The typical crash diet also deprives the body of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Don't overeat. Large meals can drain your energy. Try eating 6 meals a day to maintain blood sugar levels and energy.

Get enough sleep. Adults need about 8 hours per night.

Learn how to relax. A common cause of insomnia is fretting while lying in bed. Experiment with different relaxation techniques until you find one or two that work for you; for example, you could think of a restful scene, focus on your breathing, or silently repeat a mantra or phrase.

Increase physical activity. Exercise!! Physical activity boosts energy levels, while a sedentary lifestyle is known to cause fatigue.

Limit the time you sit down. Reduce sedentary behaviors such as watching television and using computers.

Studies show that exercise actually helps with fatigue. If you need an at-home workout program to increase your energy, you'll find a great program here

Yours in health,

Arthur M.

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