How do you acquire more energy when you are tired? When I was teaching middle school science some years ago, after the first 3 periods of the day, and lunch hour, I was beat – tired and worn out. But I had two more classes to go, plus basketball practice after school. So, I had to figure out some way to get revitalized. This is what I did. During my 30 minute lunch break, I would go in the restroom and do 25 push-ups and 50 jumping jacks. Amazingly, this made me more energetic and ready to go for the afternoon schedule. Here are some other tips on how to get more energy after the mid-day slump!
If Possible, Take A 10 Minute Nap
Most mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. There must be a reason for this. My guess is that the napping provided them with more energy for hunting their prey later on in the day. Research has found that a short nap of 10 – 20 minutes can help to improve mood, energy, alertness, and performance. Many proponents individuals such as Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Napoleon, and Thomas Edison are known to have frequent midday naps.
Have A High-Energy Snack
A small healthy snack that is low in sugar and has protein and/or fiber a couple hours after lunch helps you finish off the day strong. Some suggestions:
- Eat a half of a banana or apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter
- Try some dried fruit and mixed nuts. This mix of good fat and protein is a slow-burning nutrient and provide more energy.
- Consume a fat free, whole grain protein bar or granola bar. This can be the perfect snack. But beware of meal-replacement bars that contains a super amount of calories.
- Eat a hard boiled egg. Add dash of salt mixed with pepper and and a little lemon juice for a zesty taste.
- Have a piece of chocolate or eat some nonfat yogurt
Drink Some Extra Water!
A lot of people decide to drink water only when they are thirsty, but by then the body is already dehydrated. Water composes most of your blood and other bodily fluids. Dehydration can cause the blood to become thicker. Thick blood causes the heart to work harder in order to get the blood to your body cells, causing fatigue.
Stretch, Stretch, Stretch Or Do Some Yoga
Stretching can reduce pain and soreness, and provide you with a more energy! Stretching increases the circulation of energy-containing nutrients to your brain and body cells, resulting in more energy.
Do 25 Push-ups and 50 Jumping Jacks
Exercises like these stimulates the nervous system to produce more energy and reduce fatigue. It’s logical to think that exercise would drain the body of energy and make you more fatigue. However, exercise actually creates energy by speeding up the circulation of blood – containing energy-boosting nutrients – throughout the body. Exercise also causes your brain to increase the manufacture of certain chemicals known to have antidepressant effects, producing more energy.
Regardless as to how much you exercise and do other things to boost your energy level, you must eat healthy nutrients on a regular basis, in order to beat fatigue in the long run.
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