1. Play some music
Listening to music has been shown to have a calming effect – but now researchers have found that it could give you energy as well. German researchers have discovered that music helps to make physical tasks seem easier and actually helps your muscles save energy so you get less tired.
2. Be mindful
Taking time out to practice mindfulness meditation every day could help you to beat fatigue. Meditation encourages you to focus on the here and now, instead of worrying about the past and the future. Swiss researchers have found that people who meditate regularly feel less stressed and appear to have more energy than those who don’t. Find out more at www.bemindful.co.uk
3. Spice things up
Eating chilli peppers could help speed up your metabolism and help your body use the energy from your food instead of storing it. If you don’t like chillies or spicy foods you can still get the benefits by taking a supplement such as Chiliburn (£21.98/60 tablets). As well as chilli extract it contains green tea and other micro-nutrients which have been found to improve energy levels. Available from good health stores. Find out more at www.newnordic.co.uk
4. See the sun
Tiredness is more common in winter as dark days make your body produce more of the sleepy hormone melatonin. Try to get outside as much as you can – especially on sunny days. A lunchtime walk could really improve your energy.
5. Chew more
The more you chew your food, the easier it is for your body to absorb the energy from it. A study found that people who chewed each mouthful of food between 25 and 40 times absorbed more usable energy than those who chew their food fewer than ten times. Take time over your meals for a fast energy boost.
6. Skip sugar
A cup of sugary tea, a chocolate bar or a biscuit might feel like the ideal pick-me-up but your energy boost won’t last long. A sugar hit will lead to an energy slump so instead, choose a protein-based snack such as low-fat natural yogurt and fruit, or some nuts such as almonds. These will give you sustained energy that should keep you going until your next meal.
7. See red
When you’re feeling tired have a look at something red. Scientists have found that seeing the colour red gives you an energy boost, making your reactions faster and more forceful. The researchers think that red triggers your ‘fight or flight’ response and encourages your body to release energy because red is associated with danger.
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