9 Ways to Boost Your Energy Now That Summer is Over
Once summer is over and colder temperatures set in, it’s natural for the body to slow down to hibernation mode. While it may be natural to slow down a little during the fall and winter months, most of us don’t have a schedule that accommodates it. In fact, with Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-end reports on the horizon, many of us are left looking for a way to boost our energy levels during this season.
Here are 10 ways you can increase your energy to get through the season with more gusto.
1. Seek out light
Counteract the short days by getting as much daylight as possible. Open the blinds wide as soon as you wake up, take brisk walk during your lunch time, and sneak outside every so often during the day. The extra light will help increase your energy and lift your mood.
2. Drink lots of water
Hot summer weather works as a constant reminder to stay hydrated. Once the weather turns colder, it’s easy to slack off on your daily water intake. Dehydration can lead to fatigue so it’s important to drink water throughout the day. Herbal tea with no sugar or sweetener is a good option if you’re craving a warm beverage.
3. Increase your vitamin D intake
A big portion of your vitamin D supply comes from the sun. Fewer daylight hours can leave you with deficient levels of this important nutrient. Low vitamin D levels can result in fatigue. Dietary sources of vitamin D include oily fish like salmon and good quality eggs.
When you’re already feeling sluggish, it can be hard to motivate yourself to get regular exercise, but you’ll reap the energizing benefits if you do. There are plenty of exercises you can do indoors to keep yourself out of the cold. Consider getting a gym membership or working out at home with online videos or DVDs.
5. Eat regularly
Your body works hard to regulate itself. Skipping a meal can cause your body to slow down to conserve energy. This is where fatigue can set in. Eat small, healthy snacks every few hours to help your body provide you with fuel to stay alert.
6. Eat plenty of whole grains and vegetables
Fresh foods nourish the body and provide extra energy. Complex carbohydrates, like oatmeal or whole-wheat bread, are excellent body fuel because they promote steady blood sugar levels. Eating foods full of iron, like spinach or beans, is another excellent way to boost energy levels. Maximize the amount of fresh, whole foods in your diet and limit heavy foods containing a lot of cream or butter. These heavier foods require a lot of energy to digest and slow your body down.
7. Limit sugar
Once the cold weather sets in, the holiday season begins. With it, comes a parade of cookies, cakes and hot, sugary drinks. Cold weather tends to intensify your sweet tooth, making it even more difficult to decline holiday treats. These sugary foods result in energy spikes followed by crashes. If you’re trying to maintain consistent energy levels, definitely limit your sugar intake.
8. Stay social
Summer is great to get out and socialize while the tendency in the colder months is to stay home and hibernate. Staying connected to family and friends can stave off the winter blues and combat fatigue. Ask a friend to be your workout buddy and help you stay on track with exercise goals, or just get you out of the house for a cup of tea.
9. Maintain consistent sleep habits
If you’re tired in the winter, take care of your body and make sure to get enough sleep. People need varying amounts of sleep, but most adults feel good after seven to nine hours. Unlike the summer, it can be tempting to snooze too much in the colder months, and excessive sleeping can result in more fatigue, not less. So keep a regular routine and nurture your body with just the right amount of shut-eye. Remember, sleep is not the only way to relax.
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