If you’ve been feeling as though all you want to do is lie back on the couch, this one’s for you! Jeet Dalvi brings you a few unusual ways to perk yourself up through the day
We’re not talking about being exhausted because you’ve worked too hard — although, these quick tips could definitely help with that as well. If you lack the energy, motivation and will to get up and do things through the week, we think it’s time for you to start getting active! Celebrity fitness expert Vinod Channa tells us that it’s common to feel demotivated and tired with our hectic lifestyles. However, if you’re not into hardcore workouts or physical exercise, these unusual ways of working out might be the shot in the arm you need.
Chew, chew, chew
The act of chewing increases your heart rate as well as blood flow to your brain, and chewing on some refreshing minty gum will stimulate your nervous system as well. Chewing keeps your brain active and has been shown to increase your productivity. Mint chewing gum is the best option if you’re planning to try out this hack.
Walks of strength
Stepping away from your desk and taking a quick stroll switches up your mental state, which will improve your ability to think creatively. Any exercise, even a leisurely walk, boosts brain function and stimulates the release of dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for positive emotions and increased energy levels.
The nutty way
A magnesium deficiency is directly related to low energy levels, which makes exercising more difficult. When your body doesn’t get enough magnesium, it requires more oxygen during exercise and this often causes your heart rate to rise. Incorporate more magnesium in your diet naturally by eating more nuts, whole grains and fish.
Keep yourself hydrated
Staying hydrated is essential to keeping your body functioning optimally, so if you’re dehydrated, you may feel fatigued. If you have to keep reminding yourself to drink enough water, try adding citrus fruits to your water bottle for an interesting DIY infusion.
Raise your orange glasses!
The blue light that emanates from the screens of our electronic devices (that we’re all so attached to) can slow down the production of melatonin and interfere with sleep. Wearing orange or amber-tinted glasses while you use electronics close to bedtime allows you to block out the blue light and get a good night’s rest.
Keep it up!
Sitting for long periods (such as at your desk for eight hours every day) is terrible for your health. It increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and depression. Putting in a few extra hours at the gym doesn’t counteract the effects either. The only solution is to take a break, stand, walk or even work upright to avoid stiff muscles and fatigue through the day.
Kiwi = vitamin C
The kiwifruit is packed with vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. In a study conducted by the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand, researchers found that eating two kiwifruit a day can lead to a significantly improved mood and better energy levels. Another New Zealand study, from research company Plant & Food Research, focused on finding foods that reduced blood sugar levels. According to one of the leads on the study, John Monro, kiwifruit not only lowers blood glucose levels, it can also improve vitamin uptake.
Vitamin B in its various forms is essential for energy production. Try a vitamin B complex supplement, which contains all eight forms of vitamin B to cover all the essentials.
One cinnamon latte please!
Certain scents have been proven to reduce fatigue and increase your sense of alertness. Citrus makes you less anxious, rosemary oil will beef up your memory, but cinnamon and peppermint help to motivate and energise you. Go ahead; add a dash of it to your coffee and you should be energised through the day.
Give yourself an ear massage
We know that sounds really strange, but it can actually work! Massaging the acupuncture areas of your ears helps to calm your nervous system and boost energy. Simply rubbing your ears won’t help, so we suggest that you follow a few proper massage techniques to keep you energised and ready to go.