How to Boost Your Energy
Everyone's familiar with low energy levels which can cause us to feel fatigued, mentally foggy or irritable. It's no surprise that we all tend to go through that lull in the middle of the day where regaining even a smidgen of energy seems impossible. Getting a quick energy fix can be really simple by making a few changes to your daily routine. We share five ways to increase your energy and recommend five of our best energy boosting holidays.
Eat breakfastThe importance of eating breakfast is expressed repeatedly. Skipping breakfast in the morning can cause loss of concentration, tiredness and dizziness later in the day. Ensuring you have a healthy breakfast will increase your energy and prevent you from reaching for a sugary snack, which can later cause an energy crash. Complex carbohydrates release glucose slowly and will subsequently keep you fuller for longer and continue to steadily provide you with energy. A major source of complex carbohydrates is whole grain foods; so try whole grain cereals with skimmed milk, dried fruits or whole-wheat toast.
Get some sunshineStep outdoors for 10 minutes for a fast energy fix. Sunlight provides your skin with vitamin D, which can help improve mood and intellectual performance, as well as leave you feeling energised. Moreover, research from experts at the University of Michigan found that a walk outside in the open air helps improve conditions such as memory deficit, inattentiveness and other forms of mental fatigue.
Sunlight provides your skin with essential vitamin D, leaving you feeling energised
Make a smoothieJuices or smoothies are a quick and convenient way of boosting your energy levels. Every type of fruit contains natural sugars and fibres. Fruits supercharged with vitamin C, such as oranges and kiwis, and fruits rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, will sharpen your focus and provide more mental clarity throughout your day.
Move aboutGoing for a brisk walk for just 10 minutes can help fight the feelings of fatigue and increase your energy for up to 2 hours. Even if you only have time for a stretch, walk around the office, or a few runs up and down the stairs, you could feel much more revived. Energy levels tend to be at their lowest around lunchtime, so try to squeeze in any short burst of exercise during your lunch break. Furthermore, if you are working on a computer for most of the day, take moments to look away from the screen as this can put a lot of strain on your eyes, causing you to feel tired and lethargic.
Stay hydratedDehydration is a primary contributor to sapping energy levels and causing you to feel fatigued. Drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, will assist in suppressing lethargy. Foods with high water content will also keep you hydrated. However, be careful of drinking too much caffeine. Over the course of the day it can have the opposite effect of the energy burst most people think it will give them. Green tea is a much healthier option, with lower caffeine levels than black tea and coffee and it also contains the amino acid L-theanine, known for aiding alertness and memory. More importantly, remember to avoid stimulants such as energy drinks or supplements as, although they may give you a short term energy fix, they are not a long term solution!
A healthy holiday provides the perfect way to boost your energy levels. From relaxing spa breaks to active fitness holidays, you will have the opportunity to combat the long-term effects of fatigue and return home feeling revitalised. So if you are looking to restore your physical and mental vigour, take a look at our top five energy boosting holidays:
5 Energy Boosting Holidays
Grand Park Fusion Fitness, AustriaTravel to the Austrian Alps for a fun-filled, energy boosting holiday at Grand Park Hotel Health & Spa. Create your ideal healthy holiday to suit your goals and interests by choosing from activities ranging from yoga to Pilates, and high-speed hiking up the mountains to cycling along the river. Train with leading health and fitness experts who are there to offer you advice and guidance and unwind with your favourite spa treatments.
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Kamalaya Yoga Synergy, ThailandThis personal yoga retreat at Kamalaya, Thailand's award-winning holistic spa and wellness holiday, will allow you to fulfil a range of goals and return home feeling energised and invigorated. This yoga holiday provides private one-to-one yoga sessions suitable for both beginners or experienced yogis and includes instruction in asana, pranayama and meditation. As well as this, enjoy Ayurveda spa therapies from experienced Indian Ayurvedic practitioners.
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For those who want to boost their energy through active outlets, this healthy holiday at Zighy Bay combines adrenaline-fuelled workouts and private activity sessions such as biking, kayaking and hiking, with restorative massages and spa treatments, to sharpen your energy levels and get you back in shape. Enjoy further daily wellness activities such as sunrise stretching, aqua fit classes and power yoga.
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Kempinski Detox, TurkeyKempinski Barbaros Bay in Turkey looks out over the Aegean Sea from the hillside above the bay, set in an area of unspoilt natural beauty. This detox holiday uses an integrated mix of Anika detox treatments, delicious healthy cuisine and the option of wellness activities to cleanse your body and mind. With improved mental clarity and focus, you will notice a significant increase in your energy levels.
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