Three Ways to Increase Your Energy - Naturally
If you’ve every browsed the shelves at health-food store, you’ve probably seen the super vitamin pills, grape seed extract and other tablets and tonics that promise renewed zest and energy.
Not surprisingly, medical experts urge caution when using these products. Instead of popping a pill to restore long-lost vigor, here are three ways to promote better vitality, naturally.
- Eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods.
With time at a premium, it's sometimes easier to skip meals or "graze" on whatever food is available. But you must discipline yourself to eat balanced meals that provide the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight. Food is fuel. If you don’t eat enough, you'll run out of energy; if you eat too much, the excess is stored as fat and you gain weight.
- Move your body.
Experts recommend getting 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity above your usual activity on most days a week. Regular exercise conditions the body to build up and store available energy. It can also help you maintain a higher rate of metabolism, so your body uses energy more efficiently.
- Get enough sleep.
Sleep is necessary for our nervous systems to work properly. Too little sleep leaves us drowsy and unable to concentrate the next day and impairs memory and physical performance. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. The bottom line is that you need enough sleep to stay fully alert during the entire time you are awake. If you're not sharp right up to bedtime, sleep experts say you need more rest.
If you’re struggling to balance work, relationships and keeping up with your health, reach out to your behavioral health benefit, for support. Search thousands of articles, tools and tips on living healthy and other behavioral health topics on ndbh.com or call the number on your insurance card.
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