Fit Tip: Reenergize Naturally

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10.7.14FitTipReenergizeNaturally.jpgA candy bar or energy drink may seem like an easy option if you’re experiencing an afternoon slump at work and need some quick energy, right? Wrong. 

Big amounts of sugar lead to an even bigger crash that leaves you feeling drained. An energized day starts with a consistent sleep schedule, but if you’re in need of a boost, skip the Monster and Rockstar energy drinks and go the all-natural route. Here are five ways to fire up when you’re low on fuel!

1) Eat Lunch Outside

Enjoy your lunchtime meal with a trip to the great outdoors! Yes, the crisp natural air might give you a wake-up call, but the sun is the real hero. Basking in the sun’s vitamin D rays for 15-20 minutes can boost your energy and mood.

2) Stay Hydrated 

We’re not talking about hydrating with 5-Hour Energy. Stick to a steady amount of good old H20 throughout the entire day. When your body is dehydrated, all sorts of ailments (including mental fogginess, dizziness and fatigue) can set in. Spike your water bottle with lemons, sliced fruit or herbs such as mint to keep your hand constantly reaching for a sip.

3) Grab an Apple

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it also holds a sleep-bobbing head at bay. Why? An apple’s natural sugar is converted to energy by your body and stabilizes your blood sugar. Snack on a few slices before a workout or when you’re getting groggy!

4) Take a Power Nap

If you can shut your office door or curl up on the couch quickly, a power nap is a powerful thing. But eliminate snoozing for more than 30 minutes to avoid falling into deep REM sleep, which can actually leave you feeling tired afterward. Stay under that time to feel ready and refreshed for the rest of the day! 

5) Sip on “Green” Drinks

Combat low energy levels by going green. Green drinks made with natural vegetable juices like kale, spinach and cucumbers are low glycemic and high in nutrients, which keeps your blood sugar on an even keel and helps avoid crashes. So trade your morning Joe for green juice or pack a glass for a 3:00 PM snack to power-up that post-work workout!

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