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Midlife can at times seem like a never ending battle to find something that will give you an energy boost.
Those mornings when the alarm goes off and you’re all “WTF surely I just shut my eyes, like 5 minutes ago.”
At times I’m sure all you really want to do is reach for another energy drink or coffee. Well step away from that fourth coffee and put down that drink that has dizzyingly high quantities of caffeine and sugar. The last thing you need when you’re low on energy is to add weight gain into the mix.
A healthy lifestyle is possibly the most important factor in making sure you don’t feel sluggish but for some quick tips for an energy boost keep reading.
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Here are 3 natural and simple things you can do immediately to boost your energy.
1. Take A Stroll Outside
Some form of physical activity daily is important. Fresh air is still free, so get outside for a 10-minute wander in nature where you can see trees and plants. You will very quickly feel more energised. Being out in nature is a known stress reliever but more than that it also increases brain activity and creativity.
If it is sunny all the better. We need the sun on our skin to make vitamin D3 which is a known mood booster. If it’s sunny expose your skin for 10 minutes for a mood boost.
Exposure to light also tells the body to stay awake. When you have had day after day of dull light you start to feel tired and moody. Even just turning on a few lamps around the house can lift your mood and energy levels.
2. Do Some Yoga
Firstly check out this post 9 Amazing Ways Yoga Can Benefit Us In Midlife for why and how yoga benefits our health.
Active poses that gently stretch the body and promote blood flow can really combat feelings of fatigue.
Yoga is also a great way to improve some of those aches and pains that occur due to poor posture or sitting for long periods.
Try a gentle cobra pose which stretches many of the upper body muscles. It also opens 4 chakras in your upper body allowing the energy to flow and reducing fatigue.
A downward dog is a pose everyone knows. It will help you to feel rejuvenated and revitalised as well as promote energy flow.
Doing yoga that uses you body weight to increase strenth is a fantastic way to increase energy and muscle mass as well as bone mass. Increasing muscle mass will support weight loss and increasing bone mass will lower your risk of broken bones as you get older.
For more restful sleep do a restorative yoga routine just before bed.
3. Eat a few nuts for more energy instantly
Always have a few nuts on hand. A handful of Almonds, for instance, will help to immediately boost your energy levels and maintain them evenly through the day. Protein is slower to break down in the body than carbohydrates so provides a more sustainable energy source.
Almonds also contain magnesium which helps arteries and veins to relax and so promoting better blood flow.
Almonds are a good inclusion in any healthy eating plan.
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4. Support your gut and improve your digestion
What and how we eat makes a big impact on the nutrients we get and how we absorb them. When our digestion is sluggish we are too.
Take time to enjoy your meals mindfully and chew your food properly. This is the start of getting the nutrients we need from the food we eat.
Eating fibrous foods helps flush toxins out of your digestive system and food waste that can get caught and turn nasty.
Include healthy fats that keep everything “greased and oiled” and will keep you feeling sustained so that you avoid added sugar. Added sugar increases inflammation increasing the risk that you feel sluggish and can trigger hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
If you are used to having a coffee or some other form of pick-me-up when you are feeling low on energy then I urge you to try these alternatives.
Although I would never support drinking any of the various energy drinks on the market one or two coffees a day is perfectly fine. Caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine allowing neurotransmitters like Dopamine to increase. This improves the firing of your neurons. So a little coffee can make you smarter. I call that a win!