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Incessantly slumped over at your computer? Always super sluggish? Don’t just lean on your caffeine intake to feel awake. Here’s what you can do for more energy throughout the day.
1. Get some natural light — Open your curtains or step outside to bask in the sun for a few minutes. If you’re stuck inside, sit next to a window. Natural light plays a large role in regulating your body’s circadian rhythms, and sunlight first thing in the morning increases your daytime energy levels. Once night falls, even your sleep is more restful.
2. Opt out (outside, that is) — Spend just 20 minutes in the fresh air to lift your mood and your energy. One study shows that spending time in natural settings significantly improves energy more so than simply being outside.
3. Work it out — Start your morning with moderate exercise and you’ll be revitalized and clear-headed for the rest of it. If you’re just not a morning person, you’ll still reap the benefits of a sweat sesh when you work one into your schedule. A midday workout—whether cycling or a walk around the office—amps up your endorphins to help you beat that dreaded midday slump. And, you’ll sleep better at night.
4. Take a supplement — Supplements can help—particularly one that’ll increase your NAD levels. NAD is essential to life and vital to functions that ensure proper energy metabolism. Revitalize from within and promote healthy living with TRU NIAGEN®, clinically demonstrated to boost NAD and increase cellular energy production and metabolism.
5. Sip some H20 — Stay hydrated to help ward off fatigue. Aim to get your eight glasses a day by filling a pitcher to keep at your desk. Or, use the walk to your refrigerator or water cooler as a strategic work break and to hike up your vitality.
6. Jam out — Turn up your favorite tunes and belt it out. Those musical vibrations work to create a calming-yet-energizing effect in people. Research is out on whether that feel-good feeling is from endorphins or oxytocin that’s released in your brain when you sing, but it’ll definitely elevate your mood.
7. Feed your energy habit — Nuts, seeds, and superfoods like leafy greens and quinoa are quintessential sources of nutrition, providing sustainable energy that’ll keep you going for hours. Complex carbs like beans and green and starchy vegetables also deliver long-lasting energy, and it’s also said the scent of cinnamon provides a boost when you’re tired.
Whether you’re attempting to get more done throughout the day, make it the gym, or just want to feel better between sunrise and sundown, these tips are sure to raise your energy levels.