Don’t get tired, get super-charged! Add some fizz to your day with these eight easy energizers to amp up your energy levels.
1. Eat breakfast
So simple to skip, but a breakfast missed always catches up with you. A hearty morning meal boosts your metabolism and gives you energy to burn. Choose carbohydrate-rich foods such as cereals or wholegrain bread — your body relies on glucose for fuel.
2. Drink up
Get yourself a 1.25-liter water jug and work your way though it over the course of a day. Dehydration leads the mind to function less efficiently.
3. Sleep well
The average amount of shut-eye an adult needs is eight hours. Make the changes required to get enough rest.
4. Meal-time mania
Don’t skip meals. Going without food for too long allows your blood-sugar levels to drop, causing major energy slumps.
5. Ironed out
For women in particular, make sure you’re getting sufficient iron — found in red meat and green leafy vegetables, among other foods.
6. Be on caffeine alert
One or two cups of coffee and/or tea can assist your mental alertness. When you start to reach six or more, however, anxiety and irritability can kick in.
7. Quit for good
Nicotine robs the blood of oxygen. Considering oxygen and glucose are needed to produce energy, the reason smokers may appear more fatigued is clear.
Relieve insomnia-inducing stress with a form of recreation that hits the spot. Experiment with different ideas — such as kayaking, learning to play an instrument or taking tango classes — until you find one that works a treat.