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Keeping Your Energy Up All Day

The mid day slump.  We’ve all experienced it.  It’s about 2 PM in the afternoon and it hits!  The fatigue sets in and we feel so tired!  This week, let’s look at what we can do to prevent the mid day slump and keep our energy levels high!
Eat a balanced lunch
The mid day slump can arise from a variety of things but one of the biggest culprits is consuming an out of balanced lunch meal.  Most often, with a lot of carbohydrates.  Having a lunch time meal with a high dose of carbohydrates will send your blood sugar soaring, followed by a quick crash and a bad case of the yawns.  One great way to prevent this from happening is to include some lean protein at lunch and healthy fats.  This can look like a variety of things.  A big salad with chicken or steak.  A veggie stir-fry with a small portion of rice or even an open faced sandwich.  The key is to ensure that you are pairing your carbs with a solid dose of protein to keep blood sugar levels at bay.
Get some movement
This is especially true for those of you who sit at a desk all day. Going for a lunch time workout is a great way to get your blood circulating and oxygen pumping.  Another benefit to moving at lunch is to open up your hips and chest.  Spending hours seated at a desk and hunched over a keyboard can create imbalances in your body.  Getting some movement in will help to correct those imbalances.  If you can’t get to the gym then sneak in a quick walk on your coffee breaks!  Even better, do both!
Avoid going caffeine crazy
If you’re feeling tired it can be tempting to want to pour yourself a cup of coffee to perk up.  However, having coffee later in the day can lead to disrupted and restless sleep.  This only feeds the cycle of feeling more tired from a less than optimal sleep.  Instead, opt for a glass of water and ensure that you are getting in half your body weight in ounces of filtered water every single day!
These are some quick tips to help you beat the mid day slump and keep your energy levels high all day long.  They are super simple and can easily be applied.  Tackle them today to keep you feeling your very best!

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