If you've noticed you're feeling sluggish throughout the day and
can't quite put your finger on why, consider making some minor lifestyle
adjustments to combat the five sneaky energy thefts below. You might just
find yourself feeling more active and energized in no time!
1. You're dehydrated.
Water is, above all else, what keeps your body running. When you're
not getting enough water on a daily basis, your body becomes dehydrated
and, as a consequence of your blood thickening from the dehydration, your
body becomes sluggish and you experience a severe lack of energy. Even
mild hydration can take a toll on the body. Be sure to drink plenty of
water throughout the day, even if it's in the form of unsweetened
tea or decaffeinated coffee. The general rule of thumb is to drink half
of your body weight in ounces -- so, for example, if you weigh 140 pounds,
try drinking at least 70 ounces of water every day.
2. You skip breakfast.
While you sleep through the night, your body is actually running at full
speed to repair your cells, rid your body of toxins, and more. Dinner
is what actually fuels your body through the night, but when you wake
up in the morning, you need to replenish your depleted resources with
a hearty and healthy breakfast. Skipping this meal, that is rightfully
and often touted as the most important meal of the day, will leave you
feeling weak the rest of the day.
3. Your diet is sugar based.
Eating too many sugary foods can cause constant spikes in your body's
blood sugar levels. While this may seem to give you an instant burst of
energy, it eventually plummets and leaves you fatigued and lethargic.
Try eating foods that not only keep you full, but will keep your blood
sugar levels at bay and your energy consistent, like fish, nuts, whole
grains and other complex carbohydrates.
4. You're on your phone or computer before you fall asleep.
Your brain responds to the bright lights of your mobile devices and other
screens the same way it would respond to the sun -- by being stimulated
to wake up. By throwing off your circadian rhythm, or the internal body
clock that tells your brain when it's time to be asleep and time to
be awake, this seemingly harmless habit can have you tossing and turning
all night. The last thing you want right before you try to fall asleep
is to completely wake up your brain. Try spending the hour before bedtime
reading a book, cleaning up, or preparing for the next day -- just stay
away from the electronics.
5. You don't exercise enough.
Studies have shown that exercising regularly, meaning at least three days
per week for 30 minutes each, can work wonders on improving your overall
energy long-term. Try just getting out of the house before or after work
for a walk, or sign up for a new class at your gym a couple of nights
a week. Even relatively short sessions of physical activity can make a
Have you noticed an improvement in your energy levels since trying any
of these adjustments? Share your insight in the comments below.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.