Here are some things you can do during your day to fight off the dreaded 2 p.m. crash and keep your motor running.
1. Get Some Sun
Going outside and enjoying the sunshine is not only a break from being cooped up under artificial light for several hours at a time, but it also has positive effects for your body. For starters, sunshine helps your body's production of vitamin D, which is vital for good health. It also boosts your serotonin levels; increased serotonin can improve your mood and help you sleep better at night.
You probably find yourself feeling stiff after sitting at your desk all morning. Stretching will help relieve fatigued muscles and can increase energy by decreasing muscle discomfort.
3. Snack Wisely
While visiting the vending machine for a sweet, carb-filled snack might provide a temporary fix, the energy boost won't last. Instead, choose a snack with some protein to provide longer-lasting energy.
4. Do A Morning Workout
Working out first thing in the morning not only has obvious fitness and wellness benefits, it can also boost your energy by making you feel less stressed for work.
5. Splash On Cold Water
Using cold water as a means to invigorate ourselves dates back to the days of the Roman Empire (and probably beyond). Splashing cold water on your face can give you a quick energy boost.
6. Eat Whole Grain
Research has shown that people who ate three servings of whole grains each day - as opposed to refined carbs - reported an increase in energy.
7. Chew Gum
Studies have shown that chewing gum can make you feel more alert by increasing your heart rate, which increases blood flow to the brain. Moreover, it stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can also make you more alert.
8. Breathe Deeply
Deep breathing relieves stress when you're feeling burned out, and thus increases your energy levels.
Helping you reach your health and fitness goals is what the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo is all about.