Have you been hibernating this winter? With spring right around the corner, it’s time to get some spring in your step! Here’s how you can recharge your batteries after a long, hard winter.
Add in a little extra workout time. It may seem counterintuitive, but working out can actually boost your energy levels. Cardio workouts are great for getting your heart pumping and improving blood flow—and just a 10-minute walk can help re-energize you for over two hours. Use my walking kit to really up the intensity of your strolls – it comes with a walking belt with resistance tubes so you’ll increase your upper body, arm and shoulder strength.
Get Zen. The stretching and deep breathing of yoga can help you feel better—and boost your energy levels. I hear a lot of people say that they’re intimidated by yoga – or afraid that they’re not flexible enough – that is not what it’s about! Start with a few beginner poses like the Chaturanga and focus on your breathing.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish. Make sure you’re getting at least eight glasses of water per day. (You’ll need even more than that if you’re working out!)
Make sure you always eat breakfast.When you first wake up, you’ve probably gone eight hours without eating. You need to give your body some fuel to get a kick start! Breakfast gives our bodies that all important first energy boost – so we can make it through the day feeling great! Breakfast doesn’t have to take a lot of time to prepare, there are many easy options you can choose from. Try whole-grain toast with jam, cheese and crackers, a bowl of oatmeal, high-fiber cereal, or low-fat yogurt.
Try some aromatherapy. The smells of citrus, peppermint, cinnamon or eucalyptus can help you recharge. So choose beauty products with those scents or simply indulge in an orange after your workout for a little pick-me-up.
Freshen up your workout. Have you been doing the same old routine for months? Without a fresh challenge, your progress will slow down, and you and your body will be bored. Consider investing in a few new DVDs – like my latest one, Burn Fat Fast Latin Dance! It’s an exhilarating, 30-minute workout consisting of four mini-routines designed to torch calories! Another idea is to invest in some new gear and start to build a home gym. I would start with a pair of dumbbells, they’re one of the best tools out there when it comes to strengthening your arms. Next, I would invest in a balance ball which is great for abdominal and leg exercises. Plus if you sit on it while watching TV or working on your computer, you’ll improve your posture and your abs.
Use caffeine sparingly. A cup or two of coffee a day is fine, but if you’re downing a whole pot daily, you’re probably trying (and failing) to cure some serious exhaustion. Try to drink your daily coffee before lunchtime, to ensure that your caffeine buzz doesn’t keep you awake at night.
Stay fueled. Hunger can make you feel weary—and so can a sugar crash after a less-healthy splurge. So skip the vending machine candy, and pick a healthy, stick-with-you snack for noshing. Look for any combination of lean protein and complex carbs, like peanut butter with whole wheat crackers, veggies and hummus, or yogurt with nuts. Here are a few more ideas!
Pick great tunes. The right music can be a real pick-me-up. So put a playlist together with upbeat, fast-paced songs that get you pumped, and play them whenever you hit a slump!
Get enough sleep. It’s all too easy to do “just one more thing” on your to-do list and skimp on sleep. But you’ll pay for that with chronic fatigue and exhaustion. So make sure you’re getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night, so you’re ready to conquer your to-do list the next day!
Remember to breathe. Oxygen is the key to energy. Take deep breaths and move your muscles. Arm circles are a great exercise to stimulate energy. Here is my favorite secret – it’s so simple: stretch your arms up in the air over your head. It gives you more oxygen capacity!
Written for Rite Aid by DeniseAustin.com