Top 7 Tips to Boost Energy and Stay Active in 2021

How great would it be if you could recapture the energy of your youth? With age comes increased stressors and oftentimes feeling lethargic. Staying active is one way to regain youthful energy and be more present in the moment.

Here are seven tips that can help increase your energy and drive you towards a more active lifestyle. 

1. Get Up and Move

The saying “exercise does a body good” should never be underestimated. With the stressors of work and relationships, getting up and moving can provide a healthy detox. Exercising and being active for even 20 minutes a day can add years to your life.

Physical activity also gets your blood flowing, releases endorphins and raises your energy level.  Exercising can range from things you’re comfortable with like taking a jog around the neighborhood to finding a new routine that works for you!

The options are endless but there’s one goal in mind: get your body moving and your heart pumping.

You may find joy in jogging, hiking, tennis, or skiing or maybe find enjoyment in dancing, martial arts, or biking.  

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2. Drink Water

Did you know that dehydration decreases your energy level and leads to fatigue? When dehydrated, less oxygen flows to the brain and causes your heart to work harder.  

Drinking more water keeps the energy level flowing and stress levels down. When dehydrated, the water content in your blood diminishes and your body struggles to carry the nutrients throughout your body.

Bottom line: If you want to keep your energy level up and be active, drink more water. 

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3. Go Outside and Get Active

Going for a walk is one of the easiest ways to feel refreshed. The fresh crisp air can improve your overall well-being. After going for a walk and returning back indoors to your office or work, you’ll feel a rejuvenated sense of energy and will be even more productive. 

Some studies suggest between 10- 30 minutes of sun per day is all you need. Being outside and the presence of the sun increases our vitamin D levels, which helps to boost energy, increase muscle efficiency, and decrease signs of fatigue. 

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4. Laugh More

Whether it’s from a funny story you read or a conversation with a friend, laughing is a great way to increase your energy. As kids, we laugh all the time. Laughing brings the silliness of our youth back to the present moment.

When you laugh, your oxygen level increases, endorphins are released, and positive emotions are felt.  Laughing also builds confidence and self-esteem while increasing our creativity and suppressing negative thoughts.  

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5. Take a Power Nap to Reenergize

Can you recall a time when you took a 15-30 minute snooze and woke up feeling totally refreshed? As kids, naps were built into our schedule—and for good reason! A 10 to 60-minute power nap can help our body recharge. Naps help build alertness and raise our energy, helping us get through the rest of the day

Taking a journey on a meditation retreat also helps the body recharge and recalibrate, leaving you with a new routine upon returning home. 

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6. Watch Your Diet 

Most food gives us some form of energy, but certain foods are better at “packing the punch.” 

High sugar foods raise our blood sugar and lead to  a crash and burn effect. Eating too much sugary foods can leave us feeling drained.

If you want to increase your energy throughout the day without this adverse effect, opt for more nutritious choices. Eggs, whole grains, oatmeal, chicken, beans, walnuts, fatty fish, berries, dark chocolate, vegetables, and fruit are the healthiest choices and the most consistent energy boosters.  

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7. Take Supplements

When in doubt, there are also supplements that help to boost your day-to-day. According to experts, some supplements known to boost energy include:

  • Ashwagandha: increases energy by enhancing your body’s resilience to physical and mental stress.
  • CoQ10: helps your body’s cells produce energy, grow, and reduce fatigue.   
  • Vitamin B12: keeps your nerves and blood healthy; helps transform food into energy and keeps your nerves and blood healthy. This ‘Superpower Supplement’ keeps our energy levels alert.
  • Creatine: a fast-acting energy booster enjoyed by many athletes for the quick jolt in stamina; especially helpful for short runs and high-intensity sets.  

Pro tip: Quick absorbing supplements, like sprays offer a 93% absorption rate, whereas sub-lingual options provide better absorption than pills or capsules.

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If you are looking to regain that youthful energy, become more active and travel to new places; then there is no better time than now. 

To get started on rediscovering your youthful energy, learn more about the active adventures available or email bookingsupport@vacayou.com.

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