Do you need an energy boost? You may feel as if you are dragging your feet as of late.

Do you need an energy boost? You may feel as if you are dragging your feet as of late, just barely making it through work and family obligations. From a never-ending list of appointments to kids’ extracurricular activities, social events, and your career; life can get hectic and stressful.

Reaching for more coffee or energy drinks might feel like the answer, but it may only be a band-aid solution. The good news is there are a variety of ways you can boost your energy, naturally. 

1. Sometimes, You Just Need Your Bed

Sounds sort of obvious; however, you might be lacking energy because you aren’t getting enough sleep. As per the CDC, over 35 percent of U.S. adults aren’t getting the recommended amount of ZZZs they need at night. According to the experts, it’s vital that those over the age of 18 get approximately seven to nine hours of sleep nightly, to stay healthy and happy. 

2. The Alcohol Factor

While that glass of wine before bed or during dinner may help you fall asleep at night, what it actually does is significantly disrupt your sleep due to the negative impact it has on your rapid eye movement (REM); which is the deepest sleep a person can achieve. While the first half of the night will have you sleeping well, alcohol will also have you waking up the second half of the night, not being able to get back to sleep. 

It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean you should give up alcohol altogether but enjoy it in moderation. If you know you have a busy week up ahead where you need all the energy you can get, then perhaps refrain from reaching for your favorite alcoholic bevy. 

3. More H20

Speaking of bevies, the first sign of dehydration is feeling fatigued. A perfect way to battle tiredness is to ensure that you consume enough water throughout the day. On average, for men, this means 15.5 cups daily, and for women, 11.5 cups.

4. Let’s Get Physical!

Seems odd that you would need to exert energy to get energy; however, getting physically active, even if that means “just” going for a walk, can help boost your vitality. Your body sends nutrients and oxygen to your tissues when you exercise, which helps improve your lung and heart health. This ultimately assists with energy to tackle your daily routines. 

5. You Are What You Eat

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat, and that’s because the body’s main source of energy comes from food. Unfortunately, we live in a busy, rush-rush world where we tend to reach for processed foods when we are on the go, which isn’t the best source of nutrition. These items are often filled with sugar, which will give you a boost of energy at first, but will then make you feel drained, very fast. The key is being prepared. Take an hour or two earlier in the week to prep and store healthier options in the fridge to reach for quickly, instead of those “ready-to-go” processed items. 

6. Decrease Stress Factors

Easier said than done, but stress can be both emotionally and physically draining for a person. If you feel overwhelmed with your current situation, talking with a friend or loved one can help ease the burden you are carrying. There are also other stress-reducing activities like yoga and tai chi, or just settling into a hobby that can help take your mind off things and help you decompress. That can include reading, a favorite sport, or just taking a bath and listening to music. Self-care is key, and you can’t fill up anyone else’s cup until yours is full.

Did you know? A ten percent decrease in body weight can also increase your energy levels! If you are tired of going through the motions in life, and looking for a change, reach out to SwiftSlim. Our team is committed to your health and wellness journey by offering tools, resources, and support to ensure you reach your goals.Interested in learning more? Click here to schedule a consultation.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; except when it comes to your health and wellness goals!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; except when it comes to your health and wellness goals! From holiday baking to shopping, indulging with both food and bevies during parties, not to mention all the time spent decorating and wrapping; the holiday season can be a busy time and that makes it challenging to stay focused on maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

You’ve come a long way in establishing some positive habits throughout the year, and the last thing you want to do is jeopardize the hard work you put in when December rolls around. Naturally, you want to embrace this time of year and celebrate with family and friends; however, not at the risk of undermining all your efforts. Not to worry, there is a way you can still deck all those halls, without completely blowing your healthy lifestyle out to the North Pole.

Aim For Balance

You don’t have to ditch the idea of holiday fun, and you also don’t have to throw your healthy lifestyle out the window, either. There are many out there that follow the “golden” 80/20 rule, in December (and even all throughout the year). That is, aim to eat 80 percent healthy, but allow for some treats (20 percent) as well! This ideology can be adapted for when you are at a party, during Christmas dinner, or even at work (co-workers just love to share yummy dishes at the office during the holidays). Either way, attempting this 80/20 mindset can help you stay on track with your health and wellness goals during the holiday season, and the rest of the 12 months out of the year.

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

Make sure you have a concrete plan as the season approaches. If you have a holiday party coming up, ensure you are reaching for healthier options during the day prior to the big event. Continue to schedule your workout routines around your holiday plans and stay as active as possible. Have a positive mental mindset before holiday lunches, dinners, and parties. Make sure to reach for healthier options before you dive into sweet treats, by choosing to graze the fruit and veggie trays before the dessert table. Lastly, if you are bringing something to an event or potluck, organize a healthy dish. You’ll ensure you have a solid choice to choose from, and others who are on the same journey will appreciate the option.

Make It A Silent Night

Make sure you are getting the proper amount of sleep during the season. Easier said than done with all that’s going on; however, getting the right amount of shut-eye will not only ensure you have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule, but it will also help you remain focused, on track, and ready to tackle the holiday fun you have piled up on your plate. In addition, this time of year isn’t only about presents, candy canes, and family, it also happens to be cold and flu season. Getting the right amount of sleep will also keep your immune system in check to help fight off viruses your family and friends share during the holidays. 

Experts agree that adults should get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough ZZZs will guarantee you stay “merry and bright” all throughout the holidays.

Make New Memories By Staying Active

A big part of the holidays is family, friends, and food. But what about making new traditions that get everyone moving? Head to an outdoor skating rink, go sledding with the kids, bundle everyone up and take a long walk around your community at night to check out the Christmas light decorations in your neighborhood. Health and wellness strategies don’t always have to center around limiting yourself, you can create new memories along the way that will have a positive impact on everyone around you.

Don’t Forget Your Water

Water may be the last thing on your mind as you are running around this holiday season; however, hydration is key to not only staying on track during this festive time of year but also for your overall health. Drinking enough water is good for body function, but it also can decrease that “hunger” feeling before or after meals. In addition, drinking water while consuming alcohol can help decrease hangover symptoms. If you don’t already carry a water bottle everywhere, buy yourself a pre-Christmas gift and get one so that you have it by your side when you are holiday shopping, delivering gifts, or even when you are at home and at work.

At SwiftSlim, our team is committed to providing you with the tools you need to achieve your health and wellness goals. We also offer support, educational resources, knowledge, and expertise in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, all throughout the year!
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