What does feeling full of energy mean to you? Do you pop up out of bed feeling healthy and eager to meet the new day? Do you have enough get up and go to get up and get everything done? Here are 4 ways to boost your energy levels and to prevent your personal “energy crisis”.
Exercise or Activity
Want the most important key to better health, energy and longevity? Exercise is the best place to start. Lack of exercise is one of the biggest causes of fatigue. Exercise increases your energy by increasing your rate of metabolism. Because exercise increases oxygen circulation, all your body’s systems benefit, including your brain. When your brain feels better, you feel better because your brain need lots of oxygen.
A 15 minute walk when you are feeling fatigued will often bring your energy levels back up. If you can’t get to a gym, fitting extra steps in by parking farther out in a parking lot, taking an extra turn around a store, climbing up and down stairs, all count as exercise.
Studies show that exercise improves memory and brain function and that regular exercisers tend to live longer, healthier lives. So, for more energy, find an exercise activity that you enjoy and do it several times a week.
Drink water: hydrate
Another common cause of fatigue as well as headache is dehydration. Dehydration causes thicker, more sluggish blood flow. This slows down the immune cells in your blood from finding and killing germs, so the germs multiply and attack you. Then you feel sick and tired.
Also, slower, thicker blood can’t carry as much oxygen to feed your brain efficiently so you feel tired. Coffee and alcohol can both result in losing water from your body, so either or both of them can make you feel tired. Sodas and iced tea or sweet tea have too many sugars and/or chemicals to replenish your water levels either. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. So you must drink water.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Often lack of energy is the first sign of dehydration. Just think: low water=low energy. Drink plain filtered water and help get your energy back.
Get Enough Sleep
I know people who pride themselves on working long hours and “only needing 4 hours of sleep” a night. Even though these Type A type people think they do not need to sleep, because they usually can’t get the sleep, they are actually hurting their health and opening the door to being ill. (Including a shorter life span.)
When you sleep your brain is repairing itself from the stress and strains of each day and cleaning out waste products. And, the rest of your body also repairs itself during your sleep.
Another big problem for people who don’t get enough sleep is weight gain as well as poor health.
Optimum sleep time is in the 7 to 9 hour range. Here are some ways to develop healthy sleep habits:
- In the evening, set out your clothes and things you need to bring the next day so you are not rushing around in the mornings. Know what you will be having for breakfast, etc.
- Go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time every morning if possible to get your body used to a regular routine.
- Avoid computer, phone, tablet and TV screens for 2 hours before bed (the blue back lights on them interfere with your brain’s sleep chemistry)
- Keep your bedroom as dark as possible (no TV, cell phone, or blinking lights or night lights)
- Use heavy curtains on the windows to keep out light if necessary
- No caffeinated coffee or teas or alcohol within 4 or 5 hours of bed time
- Have your room quiet or use ear plugs if your environment is noisy
There are also a variety of helpful supplements like magnesium or B vitamins or certain herbal combinations that can help you get a more restful sleep. We can help you with determining what the best combination would be for you.
Optimize Your Spinal Alignment and Mobility
Sometimes when your spine is misaligned it may not hurt, it may just feel stiff. The little stiffness that you learn to live with may not seem so bad because you get used to it. But it makes your nervous system work harder, your muscles pull unevenly, and it causes a little long term ‘static’ to interfere with everything you do.
When your spine is not working well, everything you do is a little less efficient and this uses up more energy during the day. So you feel tired more easily, you get pain more readily and you don’t know why you don’t feel right. All because you have that stiffness that you just learn to live with.
You don’t have to learn to live with that little bit of stiffness, because we can get your spine realigned and your muscles back to normal with some good chiropractic care.
One of the first things our patients report when they begin care is how surprised they are at how much more energy they have.
If you feel you need help with dealing with any of these 4 energy building methods, call us at 978-535-6155 to set up a convenient appointment.