Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy
Experts offer some fatigue-zapping tips that really work.
Top 10 Energy Boosters continued...
2. Walk Around the Block
While it may seem as if moving about when you feel exhausted is the quickest
route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true. Experts say that
activity -- particularly walking
-- increases energy.
"I like walking because it's accessible, easy to do, doesn't need training
or equipment and you can do it anywhere," says Rita Redberg, MD, science
advisor to the American Heart Association's "Choose To Move" program.
In experiments conducted by Robert Thayer, PhD, at California State
University, a brisk 10-minute walk not only increased energy, but the effects
lasted up to two hours. And when the daily 10-minute walks continued for three
weeks, overall energy levels and mood were lifted.
3. Take a Power Nap
Research has shown that both information overload and pushing our brains too
hard can zap energy. But studies by the National Institutes of Mental Health found
that a 60-minute "power nap" can not only reverse the mind-numbing effects of
information overload, it may also help us to better retain what we have
4. Don't Skip Breakfast -- or
Any Other Meal
"Studies show that folks who eat breakfast report being in a better mood,
and have more energy throughout the day," says Heller.
Her personal theory, she says, is that breaking the fast soon after rising
supplies your body with a jolt of fuel that sets the tone for the whole
Moreover, studies published in the journal Nutritional Health found
that missing any meal during the day led to an overall greater feeling of fatigue
by day's end.
Reduce Stress and Deal With Anger
One of the biggest energy zappers is stress, says
psychologist Paul Baard, PhD.
"Stress is the result of anxiety, and anxiety
uses up a whole lot of our energy," says Baard, a sports psychologist at
Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.
Like worry or fear, Baard says, stress can leave you mentally and physically
exhausted -- even if you've spent the day in bed. More commonly, he says, low
but chronic levels of stress erode energy levels, so over time you find
yourself doing less and feeling it more.