Eat right
It seems obvious, but the majority of people still don’t eat enough of the right foods. Carbs and foods that are high in simple sugars cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash, leaving you feeling tired and ready for a nap. Regulate your blood sugar by eating whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of protein. Your body responds to what you feed it, and for me a high protein breakfast does the trick. I consume ⅓ of my calories for the day before 10 a.m., and that keeps me fueled, energetic, and ready to take on whatever the day throws at me.

Drink water
Keeping your body hydrated is just as important as keeping it fueled. Personally, I get headaches if I’m not drinking enough. I always keep a full bottle of water at my desk and sip on it throughout the day, making sure that I finish it every hour or so. The human body simply doesn’t function at its best being dehydrated. So until you hydrate yourself regularly, you probably won’t remember how good it feels to be properly hydrated. If you struggle drinking water plain, try fruit water. Add some fresh strawberries or citrus to mix it up.

Exercise hard
It seems a bit contradictory, but pushing yourself to the max can have an incredible impact on energy levels. When you test your body’s limits, it releases hormones that actually give you energy. Some people have the notion that exercising makes you feel tired, but it actually gives you the boost you need.

Be active
Take walks around the office, opt for the stairs, ride your bike to work, or work out on your lunch break. Not only will this help you stay awake through the afternoon, but you’ll burn a few extra calories, and you might even be more productive at work. Keep that blood flowing and that body active. Even without “working out”, you can reap the amazing benefits of living an active lifestyle.

Laugh often
Find something every day to laugh about. Plain and simple. Laughing releases endorphins that make you happier, healthier, and give you more energy. A simple laugh can keep you going and give you that extra boost of energy you need.

Becca Capell
iFit Head Trainer