Do you lack that get-up-and-go feeling every morning or find it hard to exercise after work? Do you feel exhausted before the work day is over? In one way or another, everyone is familiar with that feeling of exhaustion. Luckily, OrthoIndy physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, also referred to as a physiatrist, Dr. Ronald Miller provides tips on how to increase energy and motivation throughout the day.
How can I boost my energy naturally?
- Maintain healthy sleep habits. Try to get at least six and a half to seven hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. However, you will also want to restrict your sleep. You may find yourself more tired if you get too much sleep because you have deviated from your normal sleep patterns. The best solution is to figure out how many hours of sleep is right for you, then stick to it each night.
- Exercise often. Try to exercise three to four times per week and avoid excessive alcohol intake. Alcohol can diminish your energy levels significantly.
- Have a power snack. Power snacking is more than just eating between meals. Eat a snack that combines the right amount of protein, fat and fiber.
- Control stress. Stress-induced emotions consume a large amount of energy. Talk with a family member or friend about your stressors. A few great tools for reducing stress are meditating, yoga classes and breathing exercises.
- Prioritize your tasks. One of the main reasons for low energy is being overworked. This includes professional, social or family obligations. Set your priorities in terms of the most important tasks or activities, then work through them one by one.
How can I boost my energy fast?
Eating a balanced diet can help ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are being met. However, if you still find that you do not have energy, it could be that you have a slight magnesium deficiency. To make sure you’re getting enough magnesium, try a handful of almonds and increase your intake of whole grains. Additionally, try to avoid foods high in simple sugars or carbohydrates.
How can I increase my motivation?
Motivation is one of those things that can come and go. One way to stay motivated is by setting personal goals. Before setting a goal, make sure you can measure it and that it’s a realistic goal for yourself. Try to make smaller goals leading up to your main goal. This allows you to see your own progress over a period of time. For example, if your main goal is to lose 10 pounds in three months then each week gradually eliminate some sort of junk food such as soda, chips or crackers.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller please call 317.802.2871 or get more healthy tips for living an active lifestyle.