Sometimes, no matter how many hours you spend in that nice comfortable bed of yours, you just cant seem to find the energy to go about your day without yawning and feeling sluggish. Well, there may be a valid reason for that. Some of the things that we do in our everyday lives suck the energy right out of us, and not realizing it can create this pattern to form and continue, often times affecting our health in a number of negative and dangerous ways.
Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do and perhaps aren’t doing enough of, can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day extremely difficult at times. Avoiding these common bad habits that can make you feel tired, can give you the energy you’re losing.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to skip physical activity when they’re feeling tired.
Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you. Although you may feel tired on any given day, regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, which actually helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently. So by skipping that day at the gym, you’re depriving the body of the things it needs to get stronger and have more energy. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues which pumps more blood to vital organs, thus boosting energy production.
Energy drinks, although the name suggests it, are not the answer to regaining energy, at least not in the long run. Being even slightly dehydrated takes a significant toll on energy levels. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. Water is always the best way to go when looking to regain energy, as our bodies are made up of mostly water, it replenishes the body naturally and gives it the boost it needs to keep you going.
Iron deficiency runs rampant in the U.S because many people do not know the signs and symptoms, and brush them off as needing more sleep. An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus. There is a lack of oxygen to the muscles and cells which leaves the body fatigued and low on energy. Having a diet rich in lean beef, eggs and leafy greens will naturally increase levels of iron and reduce the chances of anemia.
Eating a good hearty breakfast is the most beneficial start that you can have to your day. Fueling the body to last for as long as you need it to is all done through the first meal of the day. Kick start your metabolism into high gear with a breakfast that includes whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat. Good examples include oatmeal with protein powder and a dab of peanut butter; a smoothie made with fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk, and almond butter to mention just a few.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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