Instant Energy Anyone?

Everyone is always looking for ways to get instant energy. Here are 5 ways for you to get fired up fast.

  1. Get up and move
    • Exercise helps increase your circulation, relieves muscle tension (which can wear you down physically), and causes your brain to release endorphins. That’s not all — it also helps you take in more oxygen and fires up your metabolism. While you should aim for a 30-minute workout several days a week, try for five or ten minutes anytime you need energy. Here are five¬†quick pick-me-ups.
      1. March in place
      2. Jump rope
      3. Power walk
      4. Climb stairs
      5. Do lunges and squats
  2.  Add Scents to the Room
    • Certain scents may increase your attention span and help you focus. To recharge fast, inhale deeply as you cut into or squeeze a lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit. If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, try breaking off a fresh leaf of mint or rosemary, or sipping a cup of peppermint tea — these aromas can also invigorate the senses.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    • Surprise — the most common reason people feel tired is because they’re dehydrated. Why? The less water there is in your system, the less oxygen is circulating in your bloodstream. The cure: Drink eight glasses of water throughout the day — or chug a glass of the refreshing stuff whenever your energy lags.
  4. Healthy Snacking
    • Noshing on a healthy mix of carbohydrates and protein can provide a prolonged boost to your blood-sugar level, giving you energy for hours.
      1. Half a bagel with peanut butter
      2. One cup of whole-grain cereal with skim milk and fresh fruit
      3. Half a cup of trail mix containing nuts and dried fruit
  5. Cut on the Tunes
    • One of the easiest ways to bust out of a slump is to listen to music you like. The beat and rhythm of the song stimulates your brain, making you feel more alert. I suggest picking tunes that start off slow and gradually build in speed. A bonus: Bouncing to the beat — even if it’s just tapping your toes — revs up your circulation.