We all have those times in our lives and daily routines that sometimes, our energy depletes so fast we can relate to all the memes on the internet. We try sleeping better, taking power naps, drinking energy drinks, and almost anything we can get our hands on to replenish our energy. All this to pass one day of work and socializing. There are so many tips & tricks online that it becomes beyond confusing that you don't know what works or is detrimental.
It took some time for me, too, until I narrowed it down to following basic routines. You can tackle them one by one to see which works better and add others to the routine. One important thing to remember, leading a healthy lifestyle should be your prime goal, as most of these healthy activities achieve it as an outcome. The second important thing to remember is that while most worked for me, combining more than one routine is only advised after consulting with a professional.
Exercise is the best medicine for rejuvenating your energy. The amount of oxygen you intake while walking freshens your mind and improves your metabolism. Both of these help you stay full of energy during a busy workday. Walking is the easiest exercise and can be done long before burning out. Periodically increasing my walks, I now can walk 15,000 steps a day by walking four times a day for around 30 minutes. The best thing about it is that you can walk in your garden, balcony, or even your living room if you are working from home. You can also practice this in your office if you have the space for it. This way, you can squeeze your walks in your breaks, making it the most effortless exercise regime you can follow.
I love working out in the gym and make sure I work out 3-4 times a week, even if it is a small workout with basic reps. The best advice here is to find out the best workout plan to do during days when you’re busy. Talk to a trainer to help you figure out the best routine according to your time. You don't need to spend hours, a plan can help you achieve your goals in a much shorter time.
I started 16/8 intermittent fasting by doing it once a week but now do this almost every day. For those who don't know, you limit yourself to eating during a fix 8 hours day cycle, whether it's 2 or 3 meals. You should not eat anything for the next 16 hours and only drink water. You can also drink coffee and tea, having 0 calories in drinks.
This helped me see clearly with a clear mind as, during those 16 hours, I felt fresher and didn't feel brain fog like I used to when I wasn’t following 16/8 fasting. I wonder what took me so long to realize how awesome intermittent fasting is for a healthy lifestyle.
Two meals a Day
I found eating 2 meals on intermittent fasting, to be the most beneficial as you are not spiking your insulin as much and avoiding those crashes after meals. Also, your stomach reduces its capacity, and look for alternate energy sources, mainly body fat during those long 16 hours. This routine helps the body find new pathways for energy that it didn't use before. Just remember, no snacks in-between or as little as possible.
Go to Snacks
Even if I sometimes snack, I have found snacks for a healthy lifestyle that work best for me without giving me after food drowsiness.
· Air-popped popcorn
· Dark chocolate
· Peanut butter
· Green apples
· Sparkling water
My go-to supplement are;
· Apple cider vinegar
· Collagen powder
· Vitamins and minerals capsules
People prefer warm baths, especially during the winters, but I minimize them as I prefer cold showers typically if it isn't too cold. The surge of energy I get after I take a cold shower is fantastic. I prefer doing it after workouts for optimum effects.
Now, this is a no-brainer and one of the most critical aspects of your daily routine for a healthy lifestyle. No matter which one of the tips above, you start practising first; sleep is the must-have ingredient. Our bodies are tuned to wake up early, even before sunrise. There is a whole science behind it, but to summarize, the deepest of sleep we get is between 12pm to 3 am, during which your body kickstarts its repair mechanism in full throttle. It took me some time, but now I make sure I sleep at around10 pm and no later than 11 and wake up as early as 5 am, looking perfectly fresh for the next day.