STAND UP STRAIGHT
A simple adjustment to your posture may help improve your energy levels, along with boosting your mood, according to research from San Francisco State University.1 So keep your head up and your shoulders back.
TAKE A NAP
A short “power” nap (no longer than 20 minutes), may increase your alertness and performance. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, limit your naps or take them earlier in the day.2
EVALUATE YOUR MEDS
Some medications may cause fatigue, including antihistamines, blood pressure medicines, sleeping pills, steroids and diuretics.3 If you suspect medication may be causing fatigue, consult with your healthcare provider.
This health thief can also leave us fatigued and lacking in energy. Help manage stress with deep breathing, regular physical activity and a healthful diet.4,5
For a quick pick-me-up, slip into the restroom and splash some cold water on your face. This brisk energizer will perk you up in no time.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, regular exercise can increase energy. One study put a number on it: just 20 minutes of low-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks increased participants’ energy levels by 20% ... and reduced their fatigue by a whopping 65%.6
An underactive thyroid gland, which produces the hormone that regulates metabolism, can lead to fatigue, among other symptoms.7 If you experience persistent fatigue, ask your healthcare provider about checking your thyroid function.
NOSH ON THIS
Although sugary and carb-laden snacks can give you a quick burst of energy, it won’t last. Instead, opt for a healthier snack that includes protein: pair peanut butter with an apple or cheese with whole-wheat crackers.