You will hate what I have to say. At first, it will annoy you. Because when you are tired the LAST THING ON EARTH you want to do is move. But I promise you it works. The more active you are, the better your circulation will be. And good circulation is “essential for energy because blood transports oxygen and nutrients―fuel for the cells―to the muscles, brain, etc.,” says internist Jacob Teitelbaum. Here are my four simple tips that work with my clients to gain energy by moving.
1- Find your favorite 2, 3, or 4 minute YouTube dance video. Mary and I like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber. We look ridiculous, we can’t really follow along, but we crack up at ourselves from sucking so bad and we have fun. After sitting at our computer for 4 hours staring at a screen and feeling exhausted we now feel happy and energized in only a FEW MINUTES.
2-Go outside for 5 MINUTES. Take a brisk walk and breathe the fresh air. Look at a tree. Smile at a human. Feel the sun on your face. It seems crazy that this can boost your energy but it does. Bonus: it will boost your mood too.
3-Play your favorite dance song and blast it. If you are at work, pop in ear buds, in the car–just go for it and sing the crap out of it even if you suck–in the house, crank it up and pretend you are 5 years old again. You’re kids will either join in or claim serious embarrassment. Either way, do it.
4-Do 50 Jumping Jacks with a friend/co-worker/student/dog/neighbor/bird/kid/grandparent/waitress…… I don’t know why but this simple act of a jumping jack with someone else just makes you laugh. Try not to pee. For real.
“We live in a society where people are always looking for the next sports drink, energy bar, or cup of coffee that will give them the extra edge to get through the day,” says researcher Tim Putz, PhD, also of UGA. My advice is to ditch all the above and as much as you don’t want to…..TAKE 5 MINUTES TO MOVE. And then smile, and kick some a–.