It’s 11 a.m. and you’re already on your third cup of coffee, waiting for the caffeine to kick in. Afternoon rolls around, and all you want is a nap. We’ve all had days like this. Women now are busier than ever, and seldom get that ideal eight hours of sleep. But follow these four tips, and you’ll have more energy to get you through whatever your day brings.
- Don’t Skip Breakfast
Your mother was right. Research shows that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides the nourishment your body needs after starving through the night. Not only does it give you energy to start the day without a mid-morning slump, but it provides nutrients you need to be able to function properly all day long. When you skip breakfast, you’re “running on empty,” which can leave you feeling drowsy and energy-deprived. To be as energized and efficient as possible, start with breakfast.
The benefits of exercise are endless, but one big one is increased energy. You feel better after a good workout because endorphins boost your energy level. And consistent exercise speeds up your metabolism, so you have more energy all the time. The trick is to pick something you enjoy doing — anything that gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Play a game of pickup basketball with the kids, take tennis lessons, go walking with a friend, or sign up for a class at your local gym.
- Stop Stressing
Anxiety and stress take a bigger toll on your body than you realize. Research shows that stress-related emotions expend large amounts of energy, and leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained. Next time you’re stressed, try talking with friend, joining a support group or taking a yoga class to help you relax.
- Don’t Sugar-Coat It
Busy women don’t always have the time or the opportunity to make the healthiest food choices. When you need a little pick-me-up, it’s easy to grab a candy bar here or a soda there. But nothing will crash your energy levels faster and leave you feeling more tired than simple sugars. Because your body burns them faster, you’ll get that initial energy boost for thirty minutes to an hour, then crash once it wears off. Try choosing a snack with lean protein or healthy fat that will keep you feeling satisfied longer.
Paying attention to your body with these helpful hints is an easy and efficient way to enhance your natural energy levels.
Christopher S. Grady, MD
Attending Physician, OB/GYN
A native of the Louisville area, Dr. Grady received his undergraduate degree from Translyvania University, then graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School, followed by an OB/GYN residency at the Medical College of Georgia. He provides care for women of all ages, including general and high-risk obstetrics and a wide range of gynecological care. He has three boys and is a member of the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Northside Christian Church