We’d all love an extra hour in the day, but let’s be honest – it’s not possible. One way around it is to get the most out of your day with plenty of energy. Amanda Boyle shares her top tips on keeping your energy levels high and staying alert all day long.
1. Make sure you have a good breakfast
Breakfasts high in carbohydrates may be great for an energy hit, but to really sustain yourself throughout the morning you will need to add some protein to your morning meal. Try adding an egg (you can choose how you cook it!) or some baked beans to the mix to see you through. A good breakfast at the start of the day gives you energy to burn and will help improve your productivity and alertness.
2. Keep coffee to a minimum
We’ve all been there – it’s mid-morning and needing a quick wake-up call after a late night before. Monitor your coffee intake – although it is a great short-term pick-me-up, coffee can also make you crash. Because the caffeine in coffee is also a stimulant, you may find yourself getting stressed easier throughout the working day. Try to replace coffee with a cup of tea – black tea will still give you the caffeine hit but not to the degree of a full-strength coffee. Better still, replace your cappuccino with a green or peppermint tea.
3. Make your lunch matter
Lunch is really important when it comes to surviving the afternoon slump. If your lunch does not contain the right mix of low GI carbs, protein as well as salad and vegies, you can find yourself drifting off to sleep halfway through the afternoon. A favourite in the Power Plate office is tuna and brown rice with plenty of fresh vegies.
4. Recharge with a Power Plate workout
Your body is designed to move, so it’s obvious that sitting at a desk call day can be detrimental to your energy levels. Getting to the gym for a quick workout at lunchtime is great, but to really recharge the batteries we’d obviously recommend spending 15-20 minutes on a Power Plate machine. The vibration helps to stimulate your nervous system making you more productive and alert through the afternoon. It’s like recharging your batteries!
5. Get out into the sunlight
Sitting indoors all day is one of the worst things we can do for our energy levels – a lack of natural light makes things a bit, well, dark. Make it a priority to get out into the natural light for at least 20 minutes every day for a much needed Vitamin D and ultimately energising hit of fresh air and sunlight.