6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy

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By Jessica Hamlin

Whatever our day holds, we need energy to do it.

But that energy can come in hills and valleys and sometimes we need help to kick an energy slump.

Whether you’re trying to start your day more energized or get a boost in the afternoon or another time, here are 6 practices you can try.

Breathe

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If we are moving at a fast pace or have a lot on our mind, we can end up with shallow breathing—breathing shorter and faster—and not even notice it. Breathing better can help with energy, stress levels, and overall health.

Consciously breathing short and fast for a very brief period of time can have a benefit though. Try this stimulating breath exercise from integrative medicine doctor Andrew Weil, M.D. 

Stretch

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This is a subtler way to move that can still make a difference and get the blood flowing. Concentrate on taking full breaths with the movement while doing some of these energizing yoga poses.

Talk to a friend

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Let your mind switch gears—especially if you stare at a screen all day—and speak with someone you enjoy talking to. Perhaps chat a bit with a co-worker who has time or make a short phone call and talk about whatever you like. This can help lift your mood and, in turn, your energy.

Bust a move

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Being sedentary at a desk or not moving much all day is a recipe for energy slump and other health issues. By now, you’ve likely heard sitting is the new smoking. Our body needs to move.

Some moves to try:

  • Jump start your day with these morning exercises.
  • Take a walk to get your body moving and get a change of scene that will also refresh your mind.  
  • Do some jumping jacks or a desk workout if you can’t get away.
  • Dance to a song or two you love that will get you moving. Need some energizing tunes? Check out our workout playlist.

Get some sun

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Just 20 minutes a day of sunshine can give us much-needed Vitamin D. It also boosts serotonin levels, which increase mood and feelings of focus and alertness.

Go for a walk outside and if you can’t get out, get some sunlight into your indoor space. If you plan to be in the sun a while, you may want to apply a good sunscreen.

Take a Power Nap

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When all else fails, catch some 'Z's. But be sure to time your nap between about 10 and 20 minutes, otherwise you'll go into deeper stages of sleep and just wake up groggy. Check out some napping tips to get the most out of your sleep

How do you get energy when you need it? Vote in our poll below and stay tuned for our Energy Guide!

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Jessica Hamlin is an LA-born and bred journalist and editor who started taking pictures of food back when everyone used film cameras. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training program, she’s passionate about wellness and enjoys making and discovering delicious and healthy food. Her work has appeared in Clean Plates, NPR affiliate KPCC, AOL, and Eater LA.   

 

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