If you can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning, struggle to keep up with your kids, or find yourself crawling through your day, you’re not alone. Millions of men and women may start their day strong, but mid afternoon brings a sluggishness and lack of energy that is often dismissed as a ‘normal’ byproduct of being an adult – but it doesn’t have to be!
In fact, you can reclaim your energy and vitality by making relatively small, easy changes to help you find your new ‘normal.’ So below, we’ve compiled a list of six simple lifestyle changes that can provide serious energy boosts.
Sleep deprivation can be detrimental to your health, weight, and mood so always strive for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. It starts by resetting your internal clock – much like sleep training a baby – by going to bed at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning.
Sleep is critical in helping your body and mind repair and recharge and without it, your body will crave carbohydrates and sugars for more calories – which ultimately lead to an inevitable crash. Sleep deprivation also causes your body to store more calories and fat so not only do you gain weight, but you’ll also lack the energy or motivation to exercise.
If you can get better, more restful sleep, you’ll have the energy and motivation to exercise – and exercise can all but guarantee that you’ll sleep more soundly. It also gives your cells more energy to burn and circulates oxygen. Exercise also releases epinephrine and norepinephrine which are stress hormones that can make you feel energized. With only 30-60 minutes of exercise three to five days a week, you’ll not only increase your energy but you’ll also help prevent heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Eating foods with a low glycemic index – foods whose sugars are absorbed slowly like whole grains, high-fiber vegetables, nuts, and healthy oils such as olive oil – can help you avoid the lag in energy that can occur after eating sugars or refined starches. You can also eat small meals and snacks every few hours rather than three large meals a day to reduce fatigue with a slow-and-steady supply of nutrients.
Another often overlooked source of energy is water. If you’re not drinking enough, the first sign will be fatigue. It helps you maintain a healthy body and a clear mind. Mayo Clinic recommends about 13 eight-ounce cups of fluid per day for men and nine for women – and even more if you live in a hot climate or are very physically active.
Low levels of vitamin B12, a vitamin that makes DNA for new cells and red blood cells, also helps turn the food we eat into energy to fuel our metabolism. Recent studies suggest anywhere from 15-40 percent of Americans have low levels of B12 – and low B12 levels can lead to deep fatigue, mood changes, and slowed cognitive functions which can all prevent you from feeling and performing at your best. At Skintastic, we offer SLIMTASTIC B12 Shots to help you fight fatigue. Click here to learn about our wellness and nutrition program.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
A hormone imbalance could also be the cause of low energy for both men and women. If diagnosed and treated with professional hormone therapies such as bio-identical hormones and other natural, alternative hormone therapies, you can increase your energy and maximize your wellness while feeling your very best.
The good news is that while countless men and women struggle with low energy, they have the power to do something about it – and thankfully, all it takes is just a few adjustments to their day-to-day routine. Contact the professionals at Skintastic today about our SkinCentives, the most comprehensive monthly maintenance membership program available only at Skintastic, to help put the life – and energy – back in your years.