Fifty-four percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee everyday and an average of 3.1, 9oz. cups a day.
1) 15 Minutes of HIIT training. There is nothing that energizes me more, than consistently exerting energy, which is why this made my #1 pick. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It sounds more intimidating than it is, and it can be adjusted to your physical fitness level and possible limitations. Check out my 15 minute workout suggestions, here or clicking on the photo to the right.
Exercise offers a longer-term energy. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that sedentary, otherwise healthy adults who engaged in as little as 20 minutes of low-to-moderate aerobic exercise, three days a week for six consecutive weeks, reported feeling less fatigued and more energized(1).
2) Water. Ever wonder if you are getting enough cups throughout the day? My rule of thumb is: 5 "Alive," 8 "Feel Great," 10 "Rejuvinate." I heard of this catchy phrase a few years ago and it has stuck. In my opinion, spring water is the most pure and highest-quality water we can drink. It is good for us and for our environment. If you are intrigued by sourcing your own spring water, this is a great source for you to do so: http://www.findaspring.com/.
However, if you don't think you're family will grab to trekking for water, non-flouridated, filtered water is my second choice. We use a Berkey water filtration system at home (Click link to shop: Attainable Health Berkey Affiliate). We save so much and no longer buy bottled water and also feel more prepared for a disaster, because of it's portability and ability to filter concerning water sources. Over the years, I have become more selective on the quality of water I consume because I have noticeably felt different. Water quality may be for another post. Short and sweet, try to find non-fluoridated, spring water.
3) Herbal Adaptogens: Maca Root, Rhodiola Rosea, Reishi mushroom and Ashwaganda. They are all multi-tasking, adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogenic substances are herbal compounds that promote stabilization of physiological processes, which decrease cellular stress and help restore homeostasis. In other words, they greatly improve your body's ability to adapt to stress. When the body is out of balance, fatigue, depression, insomnia, anxiety and weight imbalance usually result. Lifestyle contributors include but are not limited to, chronic stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and unhealthy relationships. You can find some of these adaptogenic herbs on our site Store or you can visit your local health food or supplement shop.
4) Aromatherapy. Wake up your senses with essential oils. Our sense of smell has the ability to make us come alive! Some of my favorites for focus, mental acuity and memory, are: peppermint, orange, tea tree, and lavender. You may think lavender is more calming; however, it is adaptogenic. Much like the herbs we discussed in number three, lavender will promote energy if you are feeling without. The easiest way to use essential oils for a quick boost of energy, is dropping one drop into the palms of your hands and cupping your hands over your nose to take deep breaths in. This is basic inhalation. Office and home diffusers can be used for a more continuous effect. There are even USB diffusers, how cool (pictured right)! To learn more about what comes in a typical essential oil starter kit, using essential oils, click here: Starter Kit.
5) Cold Showers. I've written about this one before, here: Benefits Of Cold Showers: 5 Reasons. As many of you who read this are approaching the winter months, you may toss this one out; and that's OK! However, the reason it is so effective, is due to the constriction of blood vessels in the skin; consequentially, our body's response is very stimulating. I instantly feel more alert and it works every time. This method for energy may be most effective and most realistic if you are having an extra lethargic morning.
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