It’s that time of day again and you feel tired, sluggish, and a bit grumpy. It’s not that your day has been bad or even the amount of work you’ve had to do, it’s just your body’s daily rhythm. It may be a normal routine for you, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow this process and wave goodbye to your afternoon slump.
You have to get more sleep
It sounds like a no brainer but you have to get more sleep and better quality sleep. You may even be getting your regulated 8 hours a day but chances are you may not be getting the right quality of sleep. Try videotaping yourself on a normal night and see if you wake up or talk when you sleep or even stop breathing. Sleep apnea can be a terrible thing for many people and can be easily fixed. Talk to a doctor if you are snoring or stopping from breathing because chances are that you are not getting a good night’s rest and may be at risk for other health problems.
Your diet could be better
We all want that extra piece of pizza or that dessert cookie but the truth is that we don’t really need it. Eating your three square meals a day with good fruits, veggies, meats or replacements and fats will contribute to a better lifestyle. If the portion sizes are too large or you need more calories because of your workout regimen, try adding a small snack or two of great energy boosting foods like berries or nuts rich in omega-3s, your stomach and energy levels will thank you.
You have to do Cardio! Cardio, cardio, cardio
No that wasn’t a typo. You need to be doing four sessions of cardio a week for 30 minutes each session. Life can keep you busy and away from the gym, running trails, or pool, but you need to get at least four sessions in each week. Cardiovascular training like running, biking, walking, and swimming all contribute to a healthier heart, blood stream, lungs and many other things. The increase in overall fitness experienced by doing cardio will greatly impact your daily energy levels and moods in very positive ways.
The best way to a better lifestyle is making the right lifestyle choices like the ones mentioned above. Make sure to get the right amount and quality of sleep and watch out for risk factors. Keep your diet and your body clean by eating the right things and eating them in moderation. Make sure you do your 30 minute cardio activities four days a week and watch your body and moods improve. If you follow this guide you will be on your way to a healthier mind and body and naturally boost your energy levels.
Fred G. wrote this article about natural energy boosting habits.