In our fast-paced society many of our Sioux Falls chiropractic patients feel like they are constantly tired, lacking energy or always on the go. This can lead people to rely on caffeine, energy drinks or other means to try to boost their energy level. In this article we will discuss some tips on how you can try to modify your lifestyle to help boost and improve your energy.
In the United States we have developed the habit of eating the quick option of food. This could mean fast food at a restaurant or pre-packaged processed foods. Our bodies function best on whole foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and lean protein sources (eggs, fish or meat). Eating a variety of whole food that contain both the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that our body needs to function can help to make sure your body is functioning at its best. A good rule of thumb is to “eat the rainbow,” which means to eat a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables. Heavily processed foods are going to be less likely to contain the right amount of nutrients the body needs and often contain too much sugar, saturated fats and sodium. A good rule to follow at the grocery store is to shop at edges of the store, as this is typically where the whole foods are located.
Exercise May Help Improve Energy
In our society many people spend much of their day sitting at a desk using a computer at work and then sitting in front of the TV or use their tables/phones in the evening. Regular exercise can help your body feel more energetic. Try to get 150-300 minutes of activity per week. Try to include both resistance and cardiovascular exercise. Options for cardio include walking, cycling, swimming, taking the stairs, and running. Resistance training can be weightlifting or body weight exercises (pushups, pullups, wall squats, lunges, etc.)
Prioritize Sleep to Help Boost Your Energy
Getting regular rest is also important in having good energy levels. It is recommended that the typical adult aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Our bodies typically function best on a schedule so try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even weekends. Also, try to avoid watching TV or using technology right before bed and stopping use at least an hour before going to bed. Another tip that may help improve sleep quality is to make sure that your sleeping area is dark, cool and quiet. Avoid caffeine or other stimulants in this evening as they can make it harder to fall and stay asleep at night.
What if Lifestyle Changes Don’t Help?
If you struggle with energy, try implementing the above 3 changes to your lifestyle for a month. These 3 simple tips often can help people to feel more energetic and alert. If you have tried these and you still feel like you are lacking energy you could have a medical issue such as a thyroid problem or other issue. Consult with your primary care physician to ensure you don’t have any underlying health issue that is preventing you from feeling that you have adequate energy. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors, please contact us or call us at (605) 271-5717.