how to boost your energy
  • | October 5, 2016
It happens to virtually everyone: your energy levels are not always at their best, and you experience these infamous energy crashes that make you almost want to forfeit what you're doing and get back to sleep. As a man, your daily energy levels need to remain at their highest peaks to carry out various duties.

If you find yourself feeling lethargic and you want to raise your energy levels, here are some tips to reach that goal:

  1. Make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for replenishing your system and recharging your batteries. If you don’t get enough sleep, your energy levels will be significantly lower. Additionally, do your best to avoid a hangover, as it will make you feel fatigued and sluggish for a full day after a night of drinking, regardless of the amount of sleep you get.

  2. Get a checkup. In some cases, tiredness and chronic fatigue are linked with things like thyroid imbalance or high blood pressure. Therefore, it would be wise to check these issues with a doctor to find out if there is a problem, and if so, to come up with a plan to address the condition. Don't put this off – ruling out major health issues is an important step to regaining that energy balance.

  3. Drink more liquids. Water is essential for proper hydration and nourishment of your system. Make sure you drink at least 8-12 cups of water daily. For other healthy beverage options, consider making green smoothies or protein shakes with fruits and veggies – these will give you additional energy-boosting nutrients.

  4. Consume foods that are rich in protein, healthy fats, or complex carbohydrates. These foods include lean beef steaks, eggs, fatty fish, avocados, sweet potatoes, quinoa, carrots, and broccoli. Yogurt is also a good source of beneficial bacteria that helps keep your gut healthy and your system energized. It would also be wise to avoid drinking excess caffeine and sugar, as these will spike your energy levels abruptly and then drop them a couple hours later.

  5. Listen to music. Music is definitely one of the best instant mood boosters, and many studies have shown its positive effects in reducing anxiety and mild depression. This doesn't necessarily work for any type of music, however. Ideally, the music has to be positive and uplifting, while also being something you enjoy listening to. Your music might be pop, jazz, classic music, and even rock. As long as it’s nothing too heavy or dark, it should lift your spirits and give you that burst of energy you're craving.

  6. Take a day or two off if you're feeling exhausted. Sometimes you really need to take a break from your routine. This will both reserve energy and make you feel renewed after your vacation is over. It's important to work hard both professionally and personally, but if you always push yourself to your limits, you're bound to burn out.

As a man, you are expected to complete a variety of tasks on a variety of occasions for a variety of individuals. As such, it's easy to overdo it and wear yourself thin. Finding healthy ways to increase your energy levels will ensure that you always have the strength to fulfill your duties and maintain your ideal lifestyle.

Good luck!