As the summer is approaching, I’m finding myself waking up earlier and earlier every day. The sun rises before 6 o’clock in the morning now, so I find myself needing a couple pick me ups throughout the day. Some of my favorite things to boost my energy are eating fruit, getting a little exercise, having an espresso shot, and taking a nap.
1) Eating the right nutritious meals to keep you going through the day. According to a valuable resource, strawberries contain 59g of vitamin C per serving. I especially like to mix them with my yogurt in the morning. Vitamin C is a sure fire way to keep you awake and alert, with most immune boosting citrus fruits, enhancing your energy and even your mood. One of my favorites is picking a papaya, or an orange fresh from the trees, both containing a high volume of vitamins in each!
2) Exercise, exercise, exercise! Around lunch time, I sometimes find myself dragging. According to some recent studies, every 30 minutes, you should take a small walk for a couple minutes. This will help you become more alert of your surroundings and get your brain restarted. Taking a break from your studying or work, by doing a couple jumping jacks, or lunges. This is a healthy way to energize your mind and body.
3) Once of my all-time favorite gifts, I ever got, was the best automatic espresso machine. Doctors are now saying that there are many benefits to a cup of coffee or shot of espresso, including preventing Diabetes, Parkinson’s and even colon cancer. Scientists have found that espresso is better than coffee because of how it is brewed with steam, making the flavors and antioxidants more prominent. I like to enjoy my home espresso machine for that extra “pick-me-up” in the morning!
4) Last but not least, everyone could benefit from a 20-30 minute nap. This is pretty obvious, it’s best to be well rested in any case. I’ve actually heard of a more trendy way to nap… it’s called “caffeine naps”. This is where you drink your espresso, and immediately lie down for a 15 minute power nap. The background on this, is that caffeine takes about 15 minutes to kick in your body. The nap should allow the espresso to kick in, right as you’re waking up from the nap. There are many people that swear by this, and I’ve found it has worked wonders for me!
With summer time coming quickly, the days are getting longer and it’s becoming more and more difficult to fall asleep earlier with the sun up, I have found all of those ways to keep me alert and ready for anything! So next time you’re hunting for some energy, try one or two of these ideas, and let me know what you think!
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