Get Energized for Good
3 Ways to Get Instant Energy
Take a stand. "The less overall activity you do, the less energy is required to keep you functioning, because you're not using your active tissue," says Sims. Desk jobs can be major energy drainers: Fat-burning enzymes start switching off when you're inactive for too long, and they can plummet 50 percent or more after a full day of not standing, research shows. Every 30 minutes, stand and stretch.
Walk it off. Feeling the mid-afternoon slump? "Movement creates energy," says Robert E. Thayer, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and author of Calm Energy. Thayer's research has found that just 10 minutes of brisk walking can increase energy for two hours. "In 10 minutes of walking, your brain is infused with the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, which increase alertness."
Get the right mix. The fastest way to have sustainable energy without a crash is via a snack that includes carbs, protein, and a little fat (crackers with peanut butter; yogurt and a slice of whole wheat bread). Fats give you an immediate boost, complex carbs sustain blood sugar levels, and protein keeps your energy up for several hours.Get More Energy
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2011.
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