Fatigued. Exhausted. Lethargic. Pooped.
Chances are you have been tired during the middle of your day at some point in the last few months. This can occur more often with a busier schedule or more stressful time. The first tendency is to grab another cup of coffee/tea/soda/name your poison. But is that really the best option? What if you could feel the same energy boost without the dehydrating effects of caffeine?
Here are 4 ways to boost energy without caffeine:
1. Get up and MOVE. Low intensity exercise (like walking and biking) has been proven to improve the feeling of fatigue on a short term and long term basis. In fact, The American Council for Exercise found that people reported a 65% drop in fatigue after walking for 20 minutes. Adding a few stretches throughout the day can be beneficial to getting your blood moving and improve energy level as well.
2. Blast your favorite song. Playing music can not only revive you in an afternoon slump, but it has also been linked to the reward center in your brain. Moral of the story, turn on Pandora not only to feel energized, but also happy!
3. Drink more water. Water, water, water. It is one of the most vital nutrients your body needs. And without it, your body cannot function properly. Your energy level is one of the first things to go when fluid is scarce. So if you are feeling chronic fatigue everyday, skip the highly caffeinated (dehydrating) beverages and reach for some good ol’ H2O. Your body will thank you.
4. Take a power nap. Studies have shown that a short 10-20 minute power nap can boost productivity and energy levels in the afternoon. But do not nap the day away– longer naps can throw off sleep cycles and end up leading to more fatigue.