Stump your friends: Which tips really work to banish energy slumps, and which are hogwash?
Style Magazine Newswire | 9/13/2018, 11:28 a.m.
7. True or false: Cardio class is always a good choice for an energy boost.
False! Some experts even say that aerobic exercise raises cortisol (your stress hormone), accelerates aging and lowers testosterone. Try burst training instead. Burst training is the efficient, effective antidote to an hours-long gym routine which you can do in just minutes. I love to combine it with weight resistance for the two best kinds of exercise on the planet!
8. True or false: To be the most productive, keep a steady pace from sunrise until your head hits the pillow.
False. You want to wind down just before bedtime. Set a kitchen curfew after dinner so that you stop eating three hours before bed. If you need help to relax, sip on some chamomile tea. And read a good (but not great) book. You don’t want to lose sleep because you’re engrossed in a fabulous novel, so keep some good books on your nightstand. Set an alarm clock to warn you when it’s an hour before bedtime. That will be your official warning to put away the laptop, flip off the TV and power down so you won’t be distracted by flashing cell phones or other electronic gizmos.
9. True or false: It’s more difficult to maintain a regular sleep routine as we age.
True. Melatonin regulates your circadian rhythm, but it declines with age. If you have jet lag, or just find yourself awake and staring at the ceiling for hours, see if three mg of melatonin does the trick. If you doze off easily, then you’ll know that your body isn’t making enough of this crucial hormone.
10. True or false: To avoid fatigue, you should also avoid your favorite Fall comfort foods.
False. Many fall favorites are made with fresh in-season vegetables. You don’t want to completely deny your body of these nutrient-rich meals. The key is moderation. Eating more fiber can help you feel full so you don’t risk overeating and becoming uncomfortable. To ensure you’re getting adequate fiber every single day, consider supplementing with one of the many products containing Sunfiber. It is a tasteless, odorless, colorless powder that blends invisibly into most foods and beverages. It improve satiety without causing the excess gas or bloating associated with other fiber supplements.
One last thought: Soak in as much natural daylight as possible. Keep your window blinds open. Take a walk during lunch. You might find that these tips also lighten your mood as well as boost your energy.