Three *Obvious*, Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy

 

Summertime social life killing your productivity? Here are the key ingredients to keeping energy levels up while you kick game-winning goals, rescue oil-slicked birds, etc.

1) SLEEP.

You can’t always afford to spend more time in bed, but if you haven’t invested in a great mattress yet, what are you waiting for? Consumer Reports advises no less than $800 for a decent Queen mattress, though you can find awesome deals around that price.  Here’s how: call around to local mattress stores, and ask if they have any discontinued models for sale at a discount.  You can often find clearances up to 70% off retail.

2) EXERCISE.

As the saying goes: just do it.  Objects at rest tend to stay at rest, so get positive and get moving.  Make it a priority to run/bike/swim/jump around for 30 minutes or so, at least a couple times a week.  And when you have a spare 5 minutes here and there, try doing The Plank (image shown) for as long as you can hold it.

3) EAT.

More often, in smaller amounts.  Waiting too long between meals can cause glucose levels to spike and crash. And digesting big meals can leave you craving a much-needed siesta.  Snack on healthy foods throughout the day to keep hunger at bay and your metabolism in high gear.

 
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2 Responses to “Three *Obvious*, Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy”

  1. Sven says:

    Greetings from Germany,

    having seen your food-pyramid, I have to add my two cents. As far as I know, and as far my body tells me, you should switch the bottom (carbs) with the vegetables. during the last year i changed my diet and have been eating less carbs since then (no not a low carb diet, just for reason of taste). since then i lost 18 lbs, without changing the amount of sports i regulary do.

    and as newer scientific research seems to indicate the food-pyramid should be changed, so that people eat less carbs (but enough for health reasons) and more veggies.

    Greetings Sven

  2. Ken says:

    Sven-

    You’re totally right — that food pyramid is very debatable. I like to skew my ratio in favor of protein over carbs when possible, but also take into consideration what my activity levels have been, and are going to be.

    In general, I find this a good pattern to follow: Carbs in the morning, decreasing throughout the day. Low fat in the morning, increasing throughout the day. Protein with every meal. As a rough guideline, this lets me stick to a very simple philosophy and not ruin my enjoyment of food by over-planning everything.

    Here is a post that is about burning fat, but goes into this idea in more detail:
    http://themissoulaunderground.com/blog/Front+Load+Your+Day+For+Fat+Loss!/

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