Staying at home isn’t necessarily as relaxing at it sounds – our energy levels can feel depleted, we can feel tired and sluggish at times, and keeping motivation up can be difficult.
How To Increase Energy At Home
Movement, no matter how small or exuberant, is a great way to keep healthy and motivated – especially as recent studies have shown that missing out on any form of exercise for just two weeks can have a hugely negative effect on the body (including decreased energy production).
But there are many simple ways to keep moving. Even short sessions, such as a brisk walk or yoga, of gentle movement will help circulation, blood flow and cellular energy production.
Soak up some sunshine
We need vitamin D to make healthy bones, teeth and muscles, plus it’s also essential for our immune system and for energy production.
But the more time we spend indoors the less vitamin D we’re likely to get, so now is the time to up your intake through what you eat.
Try cereals, oily fish and egg yolks to help get a healthy dose.
Please note: If you think you are deficient in vitamin D you should talk to your GP.
Eat right for energy
Have you have ever felt sleepy during the day? It could be down to what you eat as a diet that is full of quick-release carbohydrates like white pasta and white bread and caffeinated drinks and sweets may be the cause.
While you might feel good for a while, as the hours pass, that sudden spike of energy can drop making you feel tired and sleepy, and it won’t be long before you’ll be craving that high again.
Try eating slow-release energy foods, such as wholegrains, protein-rich foods and caffeine-free drinks.
Drink more water
If your lips are often cracked and dry, you feel like you’re constantly tired and have poor concentration, the chances are you’re not drinking the recommended daily intake of 1.5 litres of water a day.
To help keep you on track, keep a reusable water bottle on hand wherever you go.
Mind your minerals
Minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, are great for turning the food you eat into energy.
Magnesium can help with tiredness and fatigue, while calcium is great for bone health and muscle function. Try to up your intake of both with foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts, grains, wholegrain rice and fish.