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Summertime is a wonderful time of year. The days are warm (warmer...this year, slightly more cold and wet than most of us would prefer for summer time.), the days are longer and somehow this equates to getting a heck of a lot more done in our lives. Sometimes...these things we get done require a lot of energy and despite the extra vitamin D sometimes it's not enough to keep our energy up. Here are 9 energy boosting tips we've found from the Fall 2015 Living Magazine.
9 Tips for Boosting Your Energy
1. Take Quality Supplements - Because the average American diet is lacking in nutrients, it is important to take a daily supplement. In the office we offer a variety of supplements that are of great quality. Dr. Casey it more than happy to discuss your supplementation with you at your visits!
2. Workout Midday - Most people are aware that working out helps your alleviate stress and anxiety. However, in stead of working out earlier or later in the day, try working our mid-afternoon. Studies suggest that working out at this time can increase your productivity - making the time away from the office worth it. If you're downtown at all during our lunch hour you might have noticed one or all of us out for walk or run. We all lead busy lives so we do our best to fit in our workouts when we can! It definitely helps break the work day up and keeps us healthy!
3. Go Outside - This one leads off #2, we always try and get outside when we can! Simply breathing in fresh air for 20 minutes can chance both your energy levels and mood for the better. It also means you get that crucial amount of sun exposure to keep your vitamin D levels up.
4. Stay Hydrated - It's important to keep water in your system, even when the weather is cooling down and you feel like you don't need as much. Stay away from sugary drinks that can actually dehydrate you more. We tell all of our new patients that we like to see everyone drink half their body weight in ounces. This ensures you're perfectly hydrated which has many benefits including flushing your body of toxins and increased energy levels.
5. Stretch and Breathe - Deep breathing form the diaphragm can help get your blood glowing and stretching helps reenergize your muscles and your mind to fight off any anxiety that may be creeping in. We're so fortunate to have Julie on staff in our office to help teach exercises and stretching to help our patients. She's a certified yoga instructor and certified chiropractic technician so she really knows what she's doing!
6. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals - Food is more importantly our body's fuel, and when you start to get hungry your mood and level of activity can quickly decline. To keep off hunger pangs, eat healthier, smaller meals more often.
7. Get A Good Nights Sleep- This is one that I think we all struggle with! Your body does a lot during sleep, including healing and rejuvenating. Be sure to get plenty of rest - for adults seven to nine hours is the time recommended amount.
8. Invigorate with Essential Oils - Diffusing any citrus essential oil is shown to help uplift and improve your mood, while Frankincense, Peppermint and Rosemary at beneficial in invigorating the senses. If you've been in the office you've definitely have smelled our diffusing blends!
9. Take a Power nap - Taking a long nap might seem like the answer, but it really can set you back for the rest of the day and keep you from sleeping during the night. Instead, take a quick midday power nap of around 10-20 Minutes.
Have a happy and energy filled summer!